Calgary Farmers’ Market expanding with second space in city’s northwest

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The Calgary Farmers’ Market is growing, with a new location expected to open in spring 2020.

The new 50,000-square-foot Calgary Farmers’ Market West, which owners said will have the feel of old New York, will be located in the Greenwich community in the city’s northwest.

The Calgary Farmers’ Market started in 2004 and has been a go-to for Calgarians looking for local products including artisan goods, farm-fresh produce and meats and a wide selection of other vendors.

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“This new location has been a dream in the making for many years and we’re so excited to share the news with Calgarians,” board president Rod Bradshaw said in a news release.

The market said the second location will “echo the buzz and beauty” of the market in the south, while offering an “al-fresco style” dining and shopping space with more than 75 vendors — some new and some well-known from the south market.

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The Calgary Farmer’s Market is expanding to a second location in the northwest. Calgary Farmer's Market

“Other notable features include private event space, outdoor mezzanine, an expansive indoor and outdoor kids’ play area, as well as access to a designated birthday room,” the Market said.

Vendors are excited about the new opportunities, especially in a struggling Calgary economy.

“The Calgary Farmers’ Market has given all of us vendors a great opportunity to have 20,000 people walk through the doors every single weekend,” the Cherry Pit’s owner Sharla Dube said.

The market estimates the economic impact of the second location will be more than $10 million a year.

It also expects the new location will create upwards of 200 jobs, distribute more than four million pounds of local produce each year and support 75 local businesses and their families.

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Owners said the Calgary Farmers’ Market location in the south sees more than one million visitors each year.

— With files from Tomasia DiSilva

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