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farmers’ market

Mingle with Locals at the Canmore Mountain Market

On Thursday, June 11, the sun was shining during the first Canmore Mountain Market of the season. Vendors from Canmore and the surrounding area came to peddle their wares, drawing crowds of locals and tourists alike.

The Raven and The Fox provided entertainment, filling the market with singer Julie Chang’s melodious voice and acoustic guitarist Sean Isaac’s accompaniment. The duo played a few of their original songs and covered bands including Guns N’ Roses and Damien Rice.

Spring brings an abundance of new seasonal fruits and vegetables, which were out in force. Fresh and colourful produce filled every corner of the market. Favourites like crunchy sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and black kale sat beside baskets of beautiful strawberries, raspberries, cherries and grapes. Interesting additions include garlic scapes and heirloom eggplants.

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

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Your 2015 Edmonton Farmers’ Market Guide

Escobar_2013_06_08-335City Market 
Sat 9 am – 3 pm
(until Oct 10, 2015)
Spend some time at the original outdoor downtown farmers’ market browsing a wide selection of local vendors with the freshest and highest quality products in town. You’ll find everything from gourmet foods to clothing to beauty products to artwork — truly a unique shopping destination! The market is outside until Thanksgiving weekend and then moves to City Hall for the winter months.
104 St. & 102 Ave., 780-429-5713.

124 Grand Market Thu 4 pm – 8 pm (until Oct 8, 2015)
Enjoy a twist on the traditional market with a combination of everything locals love about summer: trendy food trucks, live entertainment, artists, shopping, and of course, fresh and local foods all in the vibrant outdoors!
124 St. & 108 Ave.

Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market Sat 8 am – 3 pm (year-round)
Over 130 of the finest food producers, artisans, makers, and crafters bring a slice of rural life to the city at this year-round, indoor farmers’ markets. Every Saturday a bustling crowd in the heart of Edmonton’s historic Strathcona district unites to shop for unique handmade products, enjoy food at the height of its natural harvest time, and connect directly with local farmers and artisans whopersonally transport their wares to you.
10310-83 Ave., 780-439-1844.

Mother’s Market  Fri – Sun 10 am – 5 pm (year-round)
A three-day market open on weekends, Mother’s Market is the only year-round indoor farmers’ market located downtown. The market features over 130 stalls filled with a variety of in-season, fresh produce from farmers and hand-crafted, artisan goods. Parking here is a breeze with over 450 stalls in the area, including an underground, heated lot.
10251-109 St., 587-521-6255.

Callingwood Farmers’ Market Wed 2 pm – 6 pm; Sun 10 am – 3pm (until Oct 11, 2015)
This outdoor farmers’ market offers the finest of locally grown fresh, organic produce and meats, delicious home made food, garden plants, unique arts and crafts, exclusive hand made products and much more.
69 Ave. & 178 St.

St. Albert Outdoor Farmers’ Market Opens June 13! Sat 10 am – 3 pm (until Oct 10, 2015)
You’ll find fresh produce, homemade baking, preserves, woodwork, fruits, pottery, and much more in the over 250 vendors here at Western Canada’s largest outdoor farmers’ market.
St. Anne and St. Thomas St., St. Albert,780-458-2833.

—Lindsay Shapka & Matthew Stepanic