Edmonton is bountiful with Farmer’s Markets. We are so lucky to have several throughout the city that operate in a way where there is almost one market for each day of the week! Two of the Farmer’s Markets in the city are the 124 Grand Market and the French Quarter Market. Both of these markets are run by the same parent company: Wild Heart Collective.
The 124 Grand Market was founded in 2012 and operates from May through until October, Thursday evenings from 4pm-8pm. You can normally find this market on 108 Avenue, adjacent to 124 Street, just west of Downtown Edmonton. Due to construction, however, the 124 Grand Market will be running on 102 Avenue for the 2016 season.
The French Quarter Market is the younger of the two markets, founded in 2015. It is located at La Cite Francophone, on 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 Street) in the Bonnie Doon area. The market runs Sundays from 11am-3pm, with the indoor season running from March until early May, and the outdoor season from May until October.
Vendors at both markets supply fresh and delicious local produce along with beautifully handcrafted artisanal products. You might be excited to hear that they also have a few of Edmonton’s favourite food trucks on-site, including Sailin’ On, Drift, Orbit, and Little Village. The vendors and food trucks may rotate throughout the season, so it is best to check out their website in advance to have an idea of what to expect! They also have very active Facebook pages where you can send the directors a message.
Both markets are extremely welcoming to people of all ages! Notably, they put an importance on the health and learning of children. As such, the Little Beans program was implemented at the 124 Grand Market in 2015. Little Beans was inspired by the Power of Produce Club at the Oregon City Farmer’s Market as well as the SPROUTS Kids Club at the Southwest Edmonton Farmer’s Market. Essentially, children between the ages of 4 and 12 pick up a token upon arrival at the market which grants them the opportunity to “purchase” a product at the market. The vendors will often set aside cups of fresh fruit or small plants for this purpose. This initiative teaches children the concept of using money and instills the value of making healthy choices early on in life. The Little Beans program, as of 2016, will be at both markets.
Forgot your cash? Worry not – there is an ATM system at both markets called Market Bucks. Just like an ATM, you use your debit or credit card to purchase $20 denominations of Market Bucks which can be used at any vendor or food truck. There is a typical ATM fee of about $2.75 which goes back into the Little Beans program! Now THAT’S something to feel good about!
Connect with the 124 Grand Market on Twitter and Instagram at @124GrandMarket and on Facebook at /124GrandMarket. The French Quarter Market is on Twitter at @FQGrandMarket and on Facebook at /French.Quarter.Farmers.Market.