It’s Farmers’ Market Season – Almost
It’s late April in Calgary, which means most Calgarians are grumbling about the figment of warm weather.
Despite the off and on snow we have been experiencing for the past few weeks, we are undeniably closing in on warmer temperatures, which ties hand in hand with the opening of many of Calgary’s seasonal farmers’ markets.
Why are Farmers’ Markets important to us at Docere Wellness Centre?
There is more than one answer to that question.
Farmers’ markets are a great way to participate in community. We all need a sense of community to feel a connection to the place we live and farmers’ markets are a great way to get to know the people behind the products you will grow to love.
It’s important to support local business! Let’s face it, we vote with our dollar. Demand is what causes production and the more we support products we believe in the more readily available they will become. This is really important for products that are good for the environment. Also, keeping dollars in the hands of people who live in Calgary supports our local economy.
Many of the products you see at farmers’ markets are organic and locally grown. Many meat products are free range and antibiotic free = happier animals and products that are better for your family’s health!
Farmers’ markets are fun! There is great people watching, yummy food vendors to grab a snack from, and often entertainment like musicians or face painters. It’s a nice way to spend an afternoon with the family.
We have many year round farmers’ markets in Calgary including the Calgary Farmers’ Market, recently expanded Crossroads Farmers’ Market, Kingsland Farmers’ Market, and Parkdale Community Association Farmers’ Market.
From late May to October, Calgary’s seasonal farmers’ markets are plentiful including: Hillhurst Sunnyside Market and Airdrie Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays, the Blackfoot Farmers’ Market on weekends and the Millarville Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, just outside city limits. There is also the brand new, centrally located, Inglewood and Ramsay Farmers’ Market.
For a complete list of locations and hours of operations visit Avenue magazine’s blog post, http://www.avenuecalgary.com/articles/calgary-and-area-farmers-markets-the-list.
Warmer temperatures bring with it a greater variety of local produce available. Take a look at the awesome list Calgary Farmers’ Market posted to see what will be in season when:
Image courtesy of http://www.calgaryfarmersmarket.ca/seasons
Do you have a favourite product you purchase from a farmers’ market? Share with us!
And have a nice day!