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Farms & Markets Food, Shopping & Relaxation

Fresh Alberta carrots are as good as candy. If a modest root vegetable can be that delicious, imagine what’s possible from the rest of Alberta’s farms, orchards and ranches. ● Grocery list: Local must-tries include grass-fed beef, heritage pork, sourdough bread, anything rhubarb, and even the humble beet, onion and potato. ● Markets: On Saturdays, 130 vendors fill up Edmonton’s Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market. If they can make it, bake it or grow it, they sell it. ● DIY: Time it right and you can pick your own Saskatoon berries straight from the farm. The small purple berries are magic in a pie or straight off the branch.

Each month, an Alberta foodie will post a favourite culinary adventure or experience in Alberta. First up is Julie Van Rosendaal, sharing insights on her favourite chocolatiers in Calgary.

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Farmers' Market near Lacombe in Central Alberta

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Parkdale Farmers Market

Calgary, Alberta

The Parkdale Farmer's Market is an indoor market, open every Wednesday, all year round. Local vendors, hand-made crafts, fresh produce. Admission is free.

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Old Strathcona Farmer's Market

Edmonton, Alberta
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This bustling year-round market offers an impressive array of local fresh produce, bakery goods, crafts and more. The underlying philosophy of the market, which is still in use today, is, “We Make it! We Bake it! We Grow it! We Sell it!” Now in its 30th year of operation the market rotates a roster of nearly 300 vendors through 185 stalls. On any given Saturday there are over 130 vendors selling only locally produced and handmade products.

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Hillhurst Farmers Market

Calgary, Alberta

The Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market takes place at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Our summer markets are outdoors, rain or shine, every Wednesday from 3-7pm, from the end of May through to October. Our indoor markets are held inside on the first and third Wednesday of the month, also from 3-7pm, from November through to the first week of May.

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