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“We have more than 150 approved markets serving about 110 communities around the province that are open throughout the summer,” says Eileen Kotowich, farmers’ market specialist with the Alberta government. “This includes 20 markets that operate year round.”
She says Alberta’s farmers’ markets offer a diverse selection of goods.
“What you’ll see in the markets right now are lots of greenhouse bedding plants and vegetables, early season vegetables, and lots of preserves, baking, prepared foods, and other year-round products like meat, eggs and honey.”
Part of the success of farmers’ markets is that consumers want to know where their food comes from and to make that connection with the producers.
“It gives you a feeling of trust when you can look the producer in the eye and talk to them about how they raise their animals, grow their crops or prepare their ready-to-eat foods.”
A minimum of 80% of venders’ products must be produced in Alberta to qualify as an Alberta approved farmers’ market.
The Alberta government introduced a mobile app for both Apple and Android devices a few years ago. This app allows users to easily find any Alberta approved farmers’ markets in their area or around the province, search by day of the week or type of market. If markets add special markets or change locations or times, the information is updated immediately so that all the up-to-date information about the market is at your fingertips.
Download or view the interactive map of Alberta approved farmers’ markets.
For more information, see:
Alberta approved farmers’ markets
For more information, connect with Eileen Kotowich at 780-853-8223.
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