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Airdrie Farmers Market returns with new and old vendors

The City of Airdrie approved several amendments at their June 4 council meeting that impact mobile vendors, but Kolson said this shouldn’t affect the farmer’s market as they are not on a public street.

The Airdrie Farmers Market is officially in full swing with new vendors and a rotation of food trucks each Wednesday. 

The market rotates through more than 150 vendors all year long. While there are many full time vendors, each week brings out new businesses and organizations.

One new vendor is selling pocket pies with different classic and unique flavours, said organizer Candice Kolson.

“We also have a new bakery coming in, the French 50 bakery,” she said. “We have some casual vendors that are coming in, like Russel Up Some Buns, they have cinnamon buns. And then of course, we still have our anchor vendor, which is Souto Farms.”

Aside from Souto Farms bringing in fresh goods, some smaller farms will also be selling their crop this year. Dalziel Bison Ranch is back, alongside three of four other ranches. 

There will also be plenty of vendors that fall under the “makers’ category, including local handmade soap vendors and things like jewelry, crystals, and essential oils.

Some vendors have outfitted their trailers so they can come rain or shine, and Kolson noted that the market will always be running no matter the weather.

“On those rainy days, the market is a lot smaller just because some of our vendors are fair weather vendors and they can't come out in the rain,” Kolson said. “Even if you see a little bit of rain, please still come out and support the market.”

Aside from vendors, Jensen Park is also lined with a great selection of three or four food trucks.

On opening day, Family Fry Guy, Daytona Beach Tacos, Mexican Burrito, and Smoke Show were set up and selling some quick dinners. 

“We have our full time Calgary Mini Donuts and they are actually, a lot of people don't know, but Calgary Mini Donuts is a vegan mini donut truck so everybody can partake, and we'd like to say that they are probably some of the best donuts that you can get in the region,” Kolson said.

A new fulltime addition is a new fresh squeezed lemonade truck.

The City of Airdrie approved several amendments at their June 4 council meeting that impact mobile vendors, but Kolson said this shouldn’t affect the farmer’s market as they are not on a public street.

“We are a special event, so we have all of our development permits and contracts in place,” Kolson said. “However, of course that will affect mobile vendors who want to come into Airdrie outside of things like the farmers market or say Canada Day or some of those [special events].”

The amendments will regulate how mobile vendors use Airdrie’s roadways, including a permit requirement, in addition to a valid City of Airdrie business license, to operate as a mobile vendor on City roadways. This permit will be free in the first year.

The Airdrie Farmers Market launched in 2009 under the guidance of C.K Markets & Events.  

Kolson said Airdrie has always had some version of the farmers market since the 1970’s and has had many homes over the years and many different market managers.

Kolson changed the market to a weekday in 2009 and it has expanding over the years.
“Airdrie is a rapidly growing community that every year, every day really, as a farmers market, we have new people coming and that have never come before,” Kolson said.

The market runs every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. from June to October at the Plainsmen Arena and Jensen Park.

Kolson reminds people to leave their furry friends at home as it is an open food market and that there be no foot traffic through the park until it starts at 3:30 p.m.

“Please let us get our vendors parked safely,” she said. “[And] come on out and see what we have each week because it changes every week.”

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