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We’re Turning 20!

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To celebrate 20 remarkable years of the Calgary Farmers’ Market, let’s embark on a journey back to its roots and envision the future it’s shaping. Established with the vision of creating a vibrant community space beyond mere transactions, the market reflects the diversity and uniqueness of Calgary itself. It’s not just a place to shop; it’s a destination for those seeking a special connection with their food and community.

Opening its doors in April 2011, just off Heritage Drive and Blackfoot Trail, the market has grown into a cherished 55,000 sq. ft. space. It attracts over a million visitors annually, offering a home to 78 vendors. Here, locals and tourists alike find fresh produce, international delicacies, organic products, art, and more. The design—bright with wide aisles and classic wood timbers—houses a food hall with 20 family-owned restaurants, a two-story glass atrium, and a beloved Barnyard Kids play area, making it a hub for over 300 guests at any given time.

In the summer of 2022, the Calgary Farmers’ Market expanded its horizons with a second location in the northwest community of Greenwich, adding another 54,000 square feet of space. This new outpost is a testament to the market’s enduring appeal and its role as a cornerstone of sustainable, local shopping and dining. With its proximity to Calgary’s downtown and the mountains, and its design inspired by Old New York and the Rocky Mountains, the West Location offers a unique experience that blends urban sophistication with the spirit of outdoor living.

As the Calgary Farmers’ Market turns 20, it’s clear that its mission goes beyond providing a space for transactions. It’s about fostering a community that values sustainability, diversity, and the simple joy of discovering something new. It’s a place where making better choices about our food is accessible and enjoyable, advocating for progress, not perfection. The market believes in the power of small choices and is a testament to the community’s shared values of sustainability and quality.

The journey of the Calgary Farmers’ Market is a story of growth, community, and commitment to a better future. As we look forward to the next 20 years, we’re reminded of the impact of our choices—on our plates, in our lives, and within our community. Here’s to celebrating the past, savouring the present, and anticipating the future. Dig in to the Calgary Farmers’ Market, where every visit is an opportunity to support local and explore the bounty of what our community has to offer.

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