Pop-Up Market at South Health Campus

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We’re excited to be popping up at South Health Campus on Wednesday, September 13th from 11am-1pm!

Join their Harvest Celebration to pick up real food on the run. Our mini market will be offering fresh, local fruits and vegetables, nuts and granola, tea, Shef’s Fiery Kitchen take-home meals, fresh pasta, and much more!

We’ll be located in the South Courtyard facing Front Street (southeast corner of South Health Campus located at 4448 Front Street SW).

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Pop-Up Market

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We’re excited to be popping up at Mount Royal University on Wednesday, August 23rd from 3-6pm!

Leaving campus? Visiting the Recreation centre? Coming home from work?

Visit our Community Market to pick up real food on the run. Our mini market will be offering fresh, local fruits and vegetables, nuts and granola, tea and kombucha, pasta and sauce, and gluten-free items too!

We’ll be located in Lot 1, access our Pop-Up through the West Gate entrance off of Richardson Way.

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5 Things to Do with Kids at the Market

School’s out and summer is in full swing! Wondering what to do with your energetic kids? We have some different activities to entertain and educate little ones, and some budget-friendly options too!

Here are 5 great ways to spend time at the market with, and without!, them this summer.

Kids’ Garden Club with Poppy Innovations

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In our first ever unparented class at the market, you can drop your darlings off to be part of the Cre*Ate Garden Club for Kids (and go shopping by yourself!) every Thursday morning from 10:00-11:30am.

Young ones aged 4 to 12 learn how to sow, grow, harvest and prepare their own food. Activities will be lead by Poppy Innovations joined by various vendors at the Market and guest presenters from Agrium. Your child will be involved in cultivating our planter garden to learn all about plants, nutrition needed for healthy plants and healthy bodies, preparing nutritious child-friendly recipes with fresh produce, games and other activities to inspire children’s natural curiosity to try new vegetables and fruit.

For more class information and to register, visit our events page.

PlaYoga with Wee Wild Ones

Wee Wild Ones PlaYoga

Finish a busy week or kick off an early weekend with some morning fun, learning, and physical activity with our second unparented class at the market. Kids 2-5 years old will play games, do fun animal and theme-based yoga, dance to groovy music, draw, create art, and learn with Wee Wild Ones every Friday morning from 9-11am.

For more class information and to register, visit our events page.

Barnyard Kids Play Area

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Whether it’s a little too rainy or scorching hot, our indoor Barn Yard Kids Play Area is a great place for kids to burn off some of that energy. With a separate section for the littler guys and a climb-slide-dodge-giggle-hop area for the bigger kids, there’s plenty of free fun to be had. Located in our food court, it’s a perfect place to grab a bite together too!

*The Barn Yard Kids Area is an unsupervised play zone; parents must be present. Height Restriction of 48″ in effect.

Face Painting

Exclaim Entertainment is painting up a storm and making kids happy all weekend long! A talented team of artists can paint little faces (just when you thought they couldn’t get cuter), do glitter and airbrush tattoos, and hair feathers too. They are conveniently located right next to the Barn Yard Kids Play Area.

Get Spotted!

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Take your kids on a journey through Alberta’s food on a (free!) self-guided tour through the market. Taste samples of local goodies, learn where their food comes from, and get to know your farmers and artisans.

Stop by Customer Information and pick up one of our new “I love my Farmers’ Market” buttons. If kids are randomly spotted wearing their button proudly, they could be rewarded with a market treat!

We hope you enjoy spending time at the Calgary Farmers’ Market with your friends and family. Check out our events page for all of the fun things happening this summer.

2014 Market Gift Guide

This year the Calgary Farmers’ Market will be open TWO extra days for all your holiday shopping needs! Our extended holiday hours include Monday, December 22 and Tuesday December 23 (9:00am – 5:00pm).

Take advantage of these extra days to pick up last minute ingredients for holiday entertaining and of course, gifts! There always seems to be a few that get left until the last minute, but don’t worry because the market has gift ideas for everyone on your list!

For the Kids

The market is a great place to shop for unique gifts for the little ones. Wild Things Baby Stuff has a great selection of knits, toys and accessories for babies and kids. They have beautiful handcrafted wooden toys and great (handmade out of recycled materials in Canada) hand puppets! You can even purchase a kit to make your own.

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Berit Havre Designs has a plethora of toques, mitts and other cozy clothes, but the holiday favourite is definitively their extensive line of custom sock monkeys!  Stop in to see them all. Canadian Comforts has some wonderful baby products made out of bamboo. The material is so soft and just perfect for the smallest people in your life.

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D’Alpaca Peru is a great place to look for some colourful kid gifts. From hand woven sweaters to games, colouring pencils and jewelry, you’re sure to find something unique here. Did we mention the beautiful Dream Catchers?

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And finally for the kids, big and small, in your life, Cribbage Works has a great selection of (you guessed it) crib boards, but also puzzles (for adults, kids or families), educational games and craft kits. These gifts are great because they include the gift of time spent with loved ones.

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For the Parties

The market is absolutely the best place to stop if you’re heading to a holiday party this season. From potlucks to cocktail parties, we’ve got what you need.

Pick up some fruit wine from Field Stone Fruit Wines the next time you head out the door – they make wonderful host gifts. You can also mix up a great, festive cocktail with these wines! Going Nuts has great mixed nut trays to put out for guests, or try some crowd-pleasing dips from Stock and Sauce.

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If you’re in need of a sweeter surprise, there is no shortage at the market! Papa Chocolat is the place to go for chocolate goodies. Also, try some delicacies from Orchid Pastry, cookies from Yum Bakery or homemade fudge from A Taste of Quebec , and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Other great host gifts to really impress include gift packs from Soffritto, spices from the Silk Road or even some specialty honey from Beeland! The possibilities are endless.

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For the “I-have-no-idea-what-to-get-them’s”

You really can’t go wrong with the gift of food, and many of our vendors will package up a beautiful gift basket for the hard-to-shop-for person in your life. Pick up a basket from TotaliTeaInnisfail Growers, or Saskatoon Farm  this season!

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If you’re going to make your own basket, be sure to check out all the delicious goodies at La Cucina or Fresh Delicious.

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For the Stocking

Sometimes stocking stuffers can be the best gifts. You know what they say about small packages! A great place to start looking for stocking fillers is Eden Essentials.

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TotaliTea has some great tea-infused lip balms. Beeland has lip balms too, and some amazing beeswax candles. If you stop by Jolly Goods Candy Stop, you’ll be sure to find some great goodies. Papa Chocolat has some great items for stockings too.

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Don’t forget about the beef jerky! A classic stocking stuffer – and we’ve got four different kinds! So many to choose from, but whether it’s from Longview Jerky Shop (beef jerky), Silver Sage (beef jerky), Wapiti Ways (elk jerky) or Olson’s High Country Bison (bison jerky) – you can definitely get jerky at the market.

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For Someone Special

Nothing is harder than shopping for your significant other. We would recommend checking out Stillwater Designs for that perfect piece of jewelry (or clothing!) for her.

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Art C Creations has some amazing hand-painted glassware, and cute wine accessories to go with it!

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Knifewear is definitely the place to go when shopping for the man in your life. Beautiful knives are always a great gift, and they’ve also got a full line of shaving tools and accessories.

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A gift you and your loved one can both enjoy – some beautiful bamboo sheets or new bamboo pillows from Canadian Comfort!

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Don’t forget about our wonderful art selections at the market as well. Pick up a piece from Artistically Inclined, or a photograph from Ursula Krol Photography to really impress that special someone.

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These gift ideas hardly scratch the surface of the amazing selection of products that our vendors have to offer! Make the Calgary Farmers’ Market your one-stop-shop this holiday season; you won’t regret it!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season from everyone at the Calgary Farmers’ Market!

***Remember, we will be closed from December 24th – January 7th, reopening for regular hours on Thursday, January 8th, 2015. See you in the new year!

Golden Spatula Competition

With only one week to our 2nd Annual Sundown Chowdown, we’re excitedly preparing for another fun night of market being open extra late serving up an appetizing mix of live entertainment, fresh eats, and 10 fantastic food trucks. With so much to sample, there’s a little taste of summer for everyone.

One of the highlights of the Sundown Chowdown is that we host 8 of Calgary’s greatest food critics and writers on site to try the delicious dishes offered by our vendors and the food trucks.  The Golden Spatula Awards are given to our vendors, celebrating tried and true favorites and new, creative dishes prepared specially for the judges.  This year was delicious, as always, and available for you to try too!

The categories and some of the competitors for you perusal:

Best Meat:

Margarita’s: “Cabbage Rolls”

Ana’s Kitchen: “Emapandas with AJI”

Shef’s Fiery Kitchen: “Stuffed Tomatoes with Spicy Ground Beef”

WINNER: Big D’s Smokehouse: “Beef Brisket Sandwich”


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Best Non-Meat: 

Margarita’s: “Blintzes”

WINNER: Hearts Choices: “Vegan Thai Yellow Curry”

Hearts Choices: “Vegan Larb Salad”

2 Greek Gals: “Veggie Pastitsio

Best Gut-Buster:

WINNER: Sandwiched: “Gruush”

Shef’s Fiery: “Butter Chicken Poutine” *not available as a regular menu item

Big D’s Smokehouse: “Pulled Pork Poutine”

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Best Sweet: 

Crazy Pasta: “Amaretto Tiramisu”

Yum Bakery: “Princess Cake”

WINNER: Eclair de Lune: “Passiflora”

Eclair de Lune: “Opera Cake”

2 Greek Gals: “Galaktaboriko”

Jelly Modern Doughnuts: “Eton Mess”

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Most Creative:

Crazy Pasta: “The Mix”

WINNER: Sandwiched: “Nacho Libre”

Ana’s Kitchen: “White Angel Tapas”

Looks good eh?  Get your hands on these incredible treats Thursday – Sunday 9am-5pm!

If you’re planning on joining us for the Sundown Chowdown on Friday, September 6th, we’ll be offering a FREE Shuttle!  Buses will run between Heritage Station (at the passenger pick-up/drop-off) and the Calgary Farmers’ Market from 5-9PM (approximately every 20 minutes). Thank you to our friends at West Island College for providing the shuttles for the evening!

Also new this year: we have will have an outdoor Family Entertainment Area with crafts, music, face painting, balloon artists and more! We will also be hosting the Food Bloggers Bake Sale.

Watch BT Sept 3rd- 6th for a look at the 10 food trucks who will be joining us this year.