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Downtown Farmers Market will be in 2 Edmonton locations for summer 2019

May 27: The Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market will return to 104 Street for the rest of the outdoor season. Vinesh Pratap reports.

As of June 15, the iconic Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market will be at two locations for the remainder of the 2019 summer season.

On Saturdays, shoppers can find the market at 104 Street between Jasper Avenue and 103 Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Sundays, the market will be along 96 Street (between 102A Avenue and 103A Avenue) and along 103 Avenue (between 96 Street and 97 Street) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“When we see what we started with and what it’s turned into today, it’s phenomenal,” said Sherry Horvath, owner of Sunshine Organic Farm, who’s been a market vendor since it moved to the 104 Street location, about 14 years.

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READ MORE: Downtown Edmonton farmers market confirms new indoor-outdoor space on 97 Street

In March, City Market Downtown revealed it would be moving from its previous location on 104 Street to a year-round, indoor-outdoor location at 97 Street and 103A Avenue.

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The new venue is the historic GWG Building just east of the downtown core, adjacent to Edmonton’s Arts District.

“I know certainly it’s been a bit confusing but I think, in the end, it has some real advantages,” Horvath said. “People love 104 [Street]. We’ve been on 103 [Avenue] now for three Saturdays and Sundays and people are seeing what a beautiful area that is.

“I think it’s kind of the best of two worlds.

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“People who are joining us over there will see that when we do need to leave 104 [Street] again, that there’s a really nice place to go. We’re very fortunate to have two excellent places.”

Watch below (June 6): The Tomato magazine publisher Mary Bailey shares what’s new with the farmers’ markets around Edmonton, including the downtown market drama and info on a new indoor market opening on the south side.

Everything you need to know about Edmonton farmers’ markets with The Tomato magazine
Everything you need to know about Edmonton farmers’ markets with The Tomato magazine

Organizers plan to eventually have the market operate on both Saturdays and Sundays.

READ MORE: City Market moving from downtown Edmonton 104 Street location

“When you walk through the building on 103 Ave, even through the current renovations, a sense of endless possibility washes over you,” said Horvath. “As a long-time vendor in this market, I’m thrilled to be a part of this next phase and continued growth of the City Market.

“I appreciate that the market team is willing, and able, to evolve and maintain its agility in order to ensure it’s serving the needs of its vendors and market goers. This is an exciting opportunity for us.”

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The new location of Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market on 97 Street and 103 Avenue.
The new location of Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market on 97 Street and 103 Avenue. Julien Fournier, Global News
The concept for the new indoor-outdoor farmers market in downtown Edmonton on 97 street.
The concept for the new indoor-outdoor farmers market in downtown Edmonton on 97 street. Courtesy: Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market
The concept for the new indoor-outdoor farmers market in downtown Edmonton on 97 street.
The concept for the new indoor-outdoor farmers market in downtown Edmonton on 97 street. Courtesy: Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market
The concept for the new indoor-outdoor farmers market in downtown Edmonton on 97 street.
The concept for the new indoor-outdoor farmers market in downtown Edmonton on 97 street. Courtesy: Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market
The new location of Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market on 97 Street and 103 Avenue.
The new location of Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market on 97 Street and 103 Avenue. Julien Fournier, Global News

“We’re a multi-generational family passionate about our farm, and serving the Edmonton community, and like many of the vendors, our livelihood depends on the success of this market,” Horvath said.

“I’m proud to be a part of this transition and believe having this market occupy dual homes will only increase the resiliency and beauty of the downtown.”

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While the 104 Street location was lauded by market-goers, it was also the scene of a lot of construction lately, including condo towers and LRT.

Once built, the Valley Line LRT would run right alongside the downtown market on 102 Avenue, and the construction footprint will take up even more space.

In March, news broke the 104 Street City Market would be moving east.

Then, at the end of May, the market revealed it would be back at the 104 Street location for Saturdays in the 2019 summer season.

Watch below (March 12): Downtown residents and fans of the outdoor farmers market are sad and disappointed to hear City Market is leaving 104 Street and looking for an indoor spot. Sarah Kraus has the details.

City Market Downtown leaving 104 Street
City Market Downtown leaving 104 Street
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