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Experience Our Farmers’ Markets

Calgary has a new farmers’ market (with a difference) and some upstart markets are expected to be opening in the city over the next year — all part of a community of about 200 farmers’ seasonal and year round markets across the province, including many along and near the historic Cowboy Trail. The Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market opened in late 2018 located at the Avenida Place Shopping Centre off Macleod Trail in southeast Calgary. While it has many of the traditional farmers’ market components — local and regional vendors of fresh vegetables, fruits, meats and other farm products, the venture also borrows some international features by offering a unique dining experience as well. “It is not your average market,” says Ken Aylesworth, general manager. “We provide an experience that builds on culture and community. The food hall concept has been a staple in both historical European cities such as London, Lisbon, and Paris and in vibrant North American centres such as New York, Boston, and Montreal.

The Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market is open Thursday through Sunday from 11am to 8pm The long-standing Calgary Farmers’ Market, has operated in recent years on 77th Avenue (generally west of Deerfoot Trail, near the corner of Heritage Drive and Blackfoot Trail) plans to open it’s second location on the west side of the city (Hwy 1 near Canada Olympic Park) in the community of Greenwich, which is currently under construction. The new 50,000 sq. ft. market is being designed specifically to accommodate a market, says Rod Blackshaw, president of the Calgary Farmers’ Market board. Along with the existing location, the new Calgary West market will be home to 75 vendors and feature “al-fresco style” dining and shopping. “With more than a million visitors a year through our existing facility, there was a need for a second market to meet demand,” says Bradshaw. The existing location is open year round, Thursday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm By: Lee Hart

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