Shop local at three country markets

Tri Region Tourism Day Trip Ideas, Farmers Markets

Spring is around the corner – I promise! And one way you know it’s really happening – despite the snow – is that markets are opening up around the region this month. Take a country drive to three farmer’s markets in the Tri-region – just west of Edmonton – for farm fresh food, home baked goodies and arts and locally made arts and crafts.

Image: Fresh hand-baked goodies at the Spruce Grove indoor market from their Facebook page.

New Carvel Station Market

The brand-new Carvel Station market will open on May 14 and run every Thursday night from 5 – 8 pm. They will have 20 tables in the Carvel Community Hall with beautiful handmade soaps by Stony Plain’s Copper Kettle Soap Company and locally raised mohair products from Spring Harvest Farm. The Bits n Bites Food Truck will set up outside with comfort food and tasty treats – and the market is still looking for buskers to perform each week too. Plus they’ll have a demonstration table where you can learn to make jams, cards or soaps and a young entrepreneur’s table for budding local artists and artisans.

Watch the Carvel Station Market page on Facebook for more vendors as they are confirmed and news about the special happenings for their opening in May.

Stony Plain Market

Stony’s downtown market has been running since 1974 and now takes over two whole floors of the community centre every Saturday morning starting April 4. Besides 70 vendors offering farm fresh food, home baking and handmade arts and crafts – the market has a canteen upstairs and a weekly 50/50 draw. Visit Carmen for hand-made crystal jewellery, Esther for fresh eggs and sneak some of Carole and Roxane’s fudge into your purse for later – the kids never have to know.

Visit this large busy market Saturdays from 9 – 1 until Dec – and watch the Stony Plain Farmer’s Market on Facebook for special events and vendor profiles.

Spruce Grove Indoor Market

The market in Spruce Grove is another long-running tradition in the region – open since 1977 – and is located at Grain Elevator Park. Starting this year on April 11, the indoor market runs rain or shine all season – until Dec – on Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 1:30. Buy home baking (PIES!), perogies and jams, hand crafted art – check out the handmade birdhouses – and fresh from the garden veggies. Then head next door to visit the Grain Elevator Museum, which opens for tours on May 1. Like the Spruce Grove market on Facebook for all the news.