Autumn brings change and we reflect on the Market season

Playing a guitar at the market

The leaves have changed, many have fallen, the mornings are becoming frosty and getting dark earlier. With the seasons of change means Red Deer’s two summer markets have finished for the season. We were very fortunate to see these two organizations persevere. Given the current conditions, we still met in the outdoors and enjoyed fantastic food, live music, and local products.

Little girl shopping at the downtown market

Downtown Market

The Market at Red Deer celebrated its 50th year in operation! It is sure to be discussed for decades to come because big celebrations just weren’t happening in 2020. The Downtown Market was the place to gather on Wednesdays for fresh produce, baking, food and music at the Ross Street Patio.

Fear not, you will now be able to get your market fix, 12 months of the year! Red Deer County has added a year-round Farmer’s Market, the Gasoline Alley Indoor Farmer’s Market. Set to open in November 2020 on weekends, they will celebrate local producers, artisans, and Central Alberta farmers. From Brewers, perogies and coffee roasters to crafts of many genres, you are bound to find what you are looking for and what you didn’t even know you wanted.

 

Bottles of flavourings lined up for a tasting

DNA Gardens

You can still visit some local area U-Pick gardens, which are open for fall picking of pumpkins and fall vegetables, and you can even shop at their stores and greenhouses. The Jungle Farm has pumpkins, DNA Gardens is planning some fun in their Greenhouse; make sure you follow their Facebook page. Markerville Berry & Vegetable Farm is doing bulk sales of their potatoes, beets and carrots starting this month. Billyco Junction Gardens has their Garden store, make sure you call ahead for availability.

It’s getting more accessible and convenient to Shop Local in the Red Deer area, not just markets, but local eateries and food shops offer local products. Get out and #ExploreRedDeersBackyard.

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