It’s crazy that it took me living in Calgary for almost two years to finally make it to the farmers market. Fortunately, I have some amazing friends that shared some of their best farmers market finds with me over the last two years (I’m talking some of the juiciest carrots, tastiest figs, and sweetest sweet peas I’ve ever had). But, while that’s all great, I decided I need to stop bumming off my friends (well, maybe) and check this place out for myself. Also, I realized I was focusing too much on travelling elsewhere and I wasn’t doing enough exploring in my own city. So, I finally made the trek down Mcleod Trail to the Calgary Farmers Market.
Since I hate crowds, I made sure to go on a weekday, during the middle of the day, when there would be as few people (I hoped) as possible. We went on a Thursday just after lunch time and my wish was granted! No crowds at all. It almost felt like we had the run of the place.
One of the best things you will find at the market, of course, is farm-fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.
Oodles of colourful produce are scattered at stands throughout, so make sure you do your rounds before any picking.
But there’s also some specialty food stands…and I almost jumped out of my skinny jeans when I saw Miss P’s Gluten Free.
They gave me a sample of their focaccia bread and I was sold. I ended up buying a loaf of the bread, some vegan peanut butter banana cookies, and a few of their oatmeal breakfast muffins.
But apart from the food, there are a lot of unique finds at the market. Take these books, that have been hand-crafted into art.
Or these dream catchers that made me want to go straight home just so I could hang one in my bedroom.
What I love most about this farmer’s market is that it’s open all year round. And if you go to the farmers market website, it even tells you what’s in season.
It’s safe to say I won’t wait nearly as long before heading back to the Calgary Farmers Market.
510 77th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2H 1C3 (directions)