AGRI-TOURISM IN THE LEDUC REGION
DISCOVER What’s Growing …
At Leduc Farmers Market!
Connect with local growers, makers, bakers, and entrepreneurs at Leduc Farmers Market!
They’ve been suppling the Leduc Region with fresh food + locally-sourced goods for over 40 years … Keep reading to learn why your next farmers’ market adventure is in Leduc!
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What are Alberta Approved Farmers’ Markets?
It should come as no surprise, but farmers’ markets have been around for a LONG time! Back in the early 1900’s, farmers throughout Central Alberta would bring their produce into Leduc to sell even before a formal market was organized.
Things changed in 1973 when the Minister of Agriculture established the Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market Program – guidelines and best practices were put in place to ensure market vendors were able to be successful, and market visitors could stay safe. The Leduc Farmers Market gained it’s official status as an Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market in 1975. Today, there are over 140 approved farmers’ markets across the province … If you see the Sunnygirl logo (pictured below), you know you’re at one!
Since 1975, the Leduc Farmers Market has called a few places home – including Alexandra Arena, Alexandra Park, and the Leduc Heritage Grain Elevator. Today, you can find them in the West Parking Lot of the Leduc Recreation Centre on Thursdays + Saturdays!
Plan Your Next Farmers’ Market Adventure
2021 SEASON: May 20 – October 2
WHEN: Thurs + Sat, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
WHERE: Leduc Recreation Centre West Parking Lot
Make your way over to the Leduc Recreation Centre on Thursdays + Saturdays (rain or shine) to experience everything the Leduc Farmers Market has to offer!
Farmers’ markets are independently operated, reflecting the rich culture and history of their community – and Leduc’s is no exception! You can expect to not only find unique, locally-sourced products, but be able to chat to the people that made them. Whether it’s a conversation with a local farmer at the fresh produce stand about how the growing season has been going, or learning how a local vendor began their craftsmanship journey, you’ll leave the market feeling reconnected with your community.
Parking is available directly on-site, and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a food truck parked nearby! William F. Lede Park is only a short walk away, and makes for a great impromptu picnic site. Vendors at the Leduc Farmers Market do tend to change from week to week – follow their Facebook Page if you’re curious who’s going to be setting up shop on a given market day!
Vendors to Visit …
If you came to the farmers’ market for farm-fresh produce or meats … Your first stop needs to be at Holden Colony‘s booth. This long-standing vendor has it all – carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, beef, chicken + so much more!
THE SWEET SHOPPE
Cookies, cakes, pies … No trip to the farmers’ market is complete without getting a baked treat from The Sweet Shoppe‘s booth. This blog writer specifically recommends the root beer float cookies – as owner Dawn Galloway once said “you were practically raised on them your mom would buy them for you so often.”
A THISTLE IN THYME
Vegetables, vegetables, and more vegetables! A Thistle in Thyme brings something new and fresh to the market each week – squash, dill, pumpkins, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, kale, herbs … And that’s just the tip of the iceberg lettuce (and they have that too)!
COAL LAKE HONEY FARM
As you may have guessed from the name, this vendor brings the sweet stuff to the farmers’ market! Whether you’re looking for raw honey, bee pollen, or honey products like beeswax candles, lip balm, or skin cream – Coal Lake Honey Farm has you covered.
They supply high-quality organic microgreens + specialty greens for restaurants, chefs, grocery stores, and YOU when you visit them at the farmers’ market! Prairie Microgreens grows approximately 15 different varieties of fresh microgreens, combining them into delicious blends perfect for salads and cooking. Trust us – you’ll have a tough time not snacking directly out of the bag.
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To keep up-to-date on everything else farmers’ market-related, we suggest you follow Leduc Farmers Market on Facebook! They post a list of which vendors are coming out on market days, beautiful pictures of featured local products, and much more …
Farmers’ market outings make for some of the best adventures, and the Leduc Farmers Market does not disappoint – be sure to check them out before the season ends!
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