May 5, 2019: Callingwood Farmers’ Market Season Opens

The 35th season of the Callingwood Farmers’ Market opens on Sunday, May 5, 2019, 10am to 3pm. We are Edmonton’s original and largest Sunday farmers’ market. Our Sunday farmers’ markets feature over 100 tables with vendors offering the finest of locally grown fresh food, top quality plants, unique arts and crafts, exclusive handmade products and much more! Our Wednesday farmers’ markets run 12-5pm and offer a more intimate shopping atmosphere with 35 vendors.

The Callingwood Farmers’ Market is an Edmonton farmers’ market located at The Marketplace at Callingwood in the covered courtyard area and parking lot facing 177 street. Bring the whole family and meet the amazing local farmers, artisans and entrepreneurs.

It feels great to shop local – come see why the Callingwood Farmers’ Market is one of the best in Edmonton!

June 27 – Make your own Mason Jar Herbs

Callingwood Farmers’ Market invites you to our Handmade Workshop featuring a DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden. We will provide everything you need including the Mason jars, herb plants, supplies and instructions. We also plan on painting the jars too! All for NO CHARGE! Note: one jar per person.

Happening on June 27, 12-2pm at the midweek farmers’ market. Rain or shine in the covered courtyard area (entrance near Safeway). 6655-178 Street. We’ll also have our fabulous vendors set up for you to enjoy – farmers’ market will be running 12-5pm.

RSVP IS REQUIRED for this event and we can accommodate a MAXIMUM OF 50 GUESTS. Please RSVP here early to guarantee your spot.

June 20 – Kidzone at Callingwood Farmer’s Market

Join us for Kidzone at Callingwood Farmers’ Market on June 20 from 12-5pm. Gymboree will have plenty of fun activities set up for the kids from 12-2pm. We’ll also have a bouncy castle set up until 5pm (remember to bring socks for your kiddos) and more than 20 vendors offering fresh food, baking, gardening, decor, gifts and much more! Be sure to bring your books for the community book swap table that will be at the farmers’ market every Wednesday.

Kidzone will take place rain or shine in the covered courtyard area (entrances near Safeway, DQ or Callingwood Professional Centre.)

The Callingwood Farmers’ Market features 20+ vendors on Wednesdays and over 100 vendors on Sundays. Hours are Wednesdays 12-5pm and Sundays 10am-3pm.

June 13 – Bouncy Castle at Callingwood Farmer’s Market

Bring the kids to the midweek market at Callingwood Farmers’ Market to experience the fun of shopping local! We have approximately 20 vendor tables with fresh produce, baking, food, body care, jewelry, crafts and much more! We’ll have a bouncy castle set up for them to burn off some energy while having a blast!

The Callingwood Farmers’ Market is located at The Marketplace at Callingwood, 6655-178 Street, in the covered courtyard area with entrances at DQ and Safeway, and East parking lot facing 177 Street.

May 30, 2018 – Make Your Own Garden Terrarium

Callingwood Farmers’ Market invites you to our Handmade Workshop featuring a DIY garden terrarium. You bring the container (glass jar, bowl, vase), we’ll provide the rest of supplies and instructions, and you’ll take home a beautiful succulent garden! All for NO CHARGE!

Happening on May 30, 12-2pm at the Farmers’ Market. Rain or shine in the covered courtyard area (entrance near Safeway). We’ll also have our fabulous vendors set up for you to enjoy – farmers’ market will be running 12-5pm.

Please RSVP here. RSVP is required for this event so we can ensure we have enough supplies. Note: maximum # of guests is 50.

Farmers’ Markets Rock!

There are just so many reasons to shop at a farmer’s market, it’s hard to put them all into one list. I’ve done my best to scale it down to a list of 10!

  1. Farm fresh foods: Unlike fruits and veggies in the supermarket, you know that the produce at the farmer’s market is fresh picked – likely within 24 hours!
  2. Organic and non-GMO foods: Farmers’ markets feature the finest of locally grown, fresh, non-GMO, organic produce and meats which is better for the soil, the environment, and your body!
  3. Seasonal foods: Seasonal eating is believed by many scientists and nutritionists to be much better for your body, because the human body is meant to eat foods in season, near where they live as have our ancestors. Also – eating produce in season only makes sense with lighter fruits and vegetables available in the spring and summer, and heartier winter vegetables like squash and parsnips providing sustenance for the cooler fall and winter months.
  4. Ripeness: Farmer’s market produce is generally picked at the height of ripeness when the plants’ natural sugars are at their peak – making the food not only taste better, but it also providing the best nutrition possible.
  5. Affordability: Farmer’s market produce is an excellent value for the nutrition. Supermarkets generally charge a premium for organic fruits and vegetables however at the farmer’s market, they are typically not much more expensive than conventionally grown produce.
  6. Variety: Unlike larger, more industrial farms that supply large supermarket chains, smaller, local farms tend to offer a larger array of produce. Remember what they taught us in school – eat the rainbow!
  7. Support for local economy: Most vendors at a farmer’s market are local and grow their produce within 100 miles of it. This means that the farms are a source of local jobs and likely to spend money they make on their produce in the local economy.
  8. Fuel economy: Most supermarkets receive their produce from hundreds or thousands of miles away which involves significant use of fossil fuels for shipping on refrigerated trucks and rail cars. Farmer’s market produce doesn’t have far to get from the farm to your table which can quite significantly reduce the use of fossil fuels. Since they typically operate in the outdoors thus not requiring electricity or heating, this also lowers the environmental impact. Everyone is talking about reducing their carbon footprint these days – heading to a local farmer’s market is a great way to do just that!
  9. Social: Did you know the famous Canadian children’s singer, Raffi frequents his local farmers market in BC? It’s true – if you follow him on Twitter he often writes about his days spent there. The farmers market is a wonderful way to meet people and engage with neighbors and friends – you just never know who’ll you might run into!
  10. Promotes Fitness: Not only is the farmer’s market an excellent way to engage with and meet new people, but it’s a wonderful way to get moving! Strolling through the market is a great way to add steps into your day! At Callingwood Farmers’ Market, they even have a free fitness program running every Wednesday at 1pm with classes including Zumba and Circuit Bootcamp for all ages and levels. Visit their website for a full list of classes.

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Laura Barr is the owner of BloomWellness. She is a Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist. Her clinic is based in Leduc, and serves clients from Edmonton, Beaumont, Leduc and Nisku.  She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, animal lover and most importantly, she is a busy mom to her energetic 6 year old daughter!  Visit her blog. 

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Free fitness programs promote health and community connection!

Spring is finally here and after such a long, grey, (did I mention long?) winter, I just can’t contain my enthusiasm for warmer weather any longer. I’m guessing many of you are feeling just the same with our glorious upswing in temperatures. Less bundling up equals more reason to get out and get active!

Not only is outdoor physical activity an amazing way to increase your fitness level, but did you know that spending more time outside being active can:

  • Decrease risk of Alzheimer’s’;
  • Promote mental health;
  • Increase community building;
  • Increase energy and possibly immunity;
  • Decrease the risk of certain disease such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer?

Not to mention for kids can:

  • Decrease symptoms of ADHD;
  • Increase vitamin D, helping to prevent certain illness; and,
  • See distances better & reduce risk of nearsightedness?

(Source: Alberta Health Services, www.myhealth.alberta.ca.)

Coupled with the beautiful weather, that is more than enough motivation to get me outside and active with others, not to mention the physical benefits and the socializing (that’s actually my favorite part)!  Community programs can also keep us accountable when trying to achieve a fitness or health goal.

The great news is, you needn’t spend much, if any money as there are many places in our fine City that offer low-cost or no-cost ways to get healthy.

One amazing program, starting May 17 and happening every Wednesday throughout the season, is Fitness at the Farmers’ Market presented by Callingwood Farmers’ Market and Jamie Platz YMCA. A variety of classes such as Zumba and Circuit Training will be held in the covered courtyard area of the Market from 1 to 1:45 pm. These classes will be suitable for all ages and all levels, so even if you are just getting into the swing of things, come on down! Bring the kids to join in the fun and move with you – you can even wear your baby!

Do you need even more motivation? These drop-in classes are free. Yup, that’s right folks, amazing outdoor fitness classes in your favorite Farmers’ Market for zero cost! What’s even better is you’ll be able to stroll the vendors before or after the class as the Market runs from 12-5 pm Wednesdays and features more than 30 vendors! This year marks the 33rd annual Callingwood Farmers’ Market – an Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market and one of Edmonton’s most beloved summer markets and its guaranteed to be a great year – so come on out and bring the family to enjoy!

Classes will kick off with a Zumba dance party on May 17 at 1 pm – I hope to see you there!

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Laura Barr is the owner of BloomWellness. She is a Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist. Her clinic is based in Leduc, and serves clients from Edmonton, Beaumont, Leduc and Nisku.  She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, animal lover and most importantly, she is a busy mom to her energetic 6 year old daughter!  Visit her blog. 

Connect with Laura Instagram or Twitter!