Summer 2019 applications
Thank you for your interest in joining the Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE, "Best Farmers Market" nominee in the 2019 Best of Calgary awards.
We are proud to be one of only 3 year-round Farmers Markets certified by the Alberta Government as "Alberta Approved", recognizing our commitment to providing a vibrant and well-rounded market with the highest quality locally made, baked and grown products, direct from the farmers, ranchers, bakers, food-makers, beverage producers, and craft artisans themselves.
Summer 2019 Outdoor Farmers Market application period is NOW OPEN!
Our summer season runs Saturdays 10am - 3pm, June 1 through October 12, 2019, rain, sun or snow. Applications for the Outdoor Season will be accepted Feb 26 - April 8, as space in each vendor category allows - don't delay!
We accept vendor applications on an on-going basis throughout the year depending on space available, however, our primary intake months are February/March for summer season and August/September for winter. We only accept Food Truck vendor applications for the summer season.
Here are the steps in the F&MM application process:
Familiarize yourself with the Alberta Approved Farmers Market program, administered by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and provisioned by the Alberta Public Health Act food regulation.
Carefully review our Vendor Handbook prior to moving on to Step 3. The Handbook contains essential information about requirements and expectations of participating in our market, and the objectives of our overarching operating NFP the Calgary Earth Market Society.
Complete and submit a vendor application form along with the application fee (follow the links for category-specific forms below).
Application review and status notification.
Primary Producer Vendors
Field to Table, Pasture to Plate, Forage to Fork
We are very interested to hear from all types of Primary Producers, and especially local producers of:
organic and conventional vegetables
fruits and berries, both farmed and foraged
honey and hive
dairy, including dairy products
meats, including nose to tail frozen cuts and processed meats
grains and flours
pulses and legumes
herbs, herbal products from home/farm-grown plants
If you are the producer and your product is grown, raised or harvested in Alberta (or fruit from BC), you are eligible to sell with us. All vendors selling food (vegetables, fruit, dairy, meat, alcohol, etc.) must follow the Information For Farmers Market Manager and Stallholders put out by Alberta Health Services. Please familiarize yourself with the information contained within this guide, and our Vendor Handbook before applying to become a vendor.
Please refer to the Handbook for information on Primary Producers wishing to add resales to their offerings, stall sharing and vendor cooperatives.
Prepared Food & beverage vendors
Home-Based or Small Scale Bakers, Food Makers & Beverage Producers
We are very interested to hear from all types of Prepared Food and Beverage Vendors, and especially for:
dairy products, including butter, yogurt, kefir and cheese
meat products, both fresh and frozen
locally-roasted coffee beans
herbal teas from local inputs
food basics (staples or ingredients)
locally-made beverages other than hot coffee and tea
high-ratio (50 -100%) locally-sourced and/or high-ratio organic foods
zero-waste or reusable packaging for your products and samples - we challenge you!
Your products must be made by yourself and preference will be given to products that use local ingredients. All Prepared Food vendors must have their Farmers Market Food Safety Home Study Course Certification AND follow the Information For Farmers Market Manager and Stallholders put out by Alberta Health Services. Please familiarize yourself with the information contained within this guide, and our Vendor Handbook before applying to become a Prepared Food vendor.
All prepared foods must pass our jury process AND be approved for sale by our local AHS inspector before being accepted to the market.
Our market includes a diverse community of vendors, and in concert with cSPACE King Edward, is a hub for local creative culture. Craft vendors enrich our market with beautiful and usable wares handmade with skills deeply rooted in our cultural traditions. Potters, blacksmiths, textile artisans, knitters, weavers, chandlers, glass blowers, jewelry artists, apothecary and other creatives are all part of this exciting category.
Your products must be made by yourself, and preference will be given to original craft items that support or enhance Alberta agriculture and/or include locally-originating inputs. ie: local flowers and herbs used in wreaths or soap-making, local fibers or plant-dyes for textile products, handmade kitchen utensils & cookware, handmade produce bags & shopping totes, etc.
*We do not accept fine arts or items not handmade in Alberta. All crafts must pass our jury process before being accepted to the market
From local-fruit rich fruit wines and exceptional ciders, to unique spirits, to great craft beer and mead, Alberta alcoholic beverage-makers are welcome at our Alberta Approved Farmers Market!
Producers wanting to join the market must arrange a Farmers Market extension to their AGLC Class D license in order to vend, and must be ensure their at-market representative has current ProServe certification.
Ready-to-eat food and beverage, to stay or to go
Market Saturdays are foodie & family weekly events where the only hot food and ready to eat meals are provided by Calgary's best food trucks. Each market we schedule 2 - 3 trucks with differing menus to provide ready-to-eat fresh-made favourites, refreshing beverages and seasonally inspired specialties for market-goers and cSPACE visitors.
We are interested to hear from all local food trucks, and especially from trucks able to offer:
child-size portions of one or more dishes, or option to "split" a full-size portion
incentive pricing ie: 2 adult and 2 child for $
house-made or locally-made beverages instead of commercial brands
compostable serviceware and recycleable beverage containers
Food trucks are required to have a current Mobile Food Vending Permit from the City of Calgary, and at least one onsite staff member must have current Food Safety and Sanitation (or equivalent) certification in order to vend.
Our primary goal is to provide Calgarians a market full of local Alberta bounty, directly from the local makers, bakers and growers themselves. Applications from Resale Primary Vendors are accepted for items considered to be essential to the market mix, but which are not available as made, baked or grown by any other category of vendor.
Please refer to the Handbook for specific information for Resale Primary Vendors.
*We do not accept the following types of resale vendors:
Businesses that operate under a franchise agreement
Products offered via national or international distributorships (ie: Scentsy, Tupperware, Watkins, etc.)
Products made or grown outside of Alberta, BC or Saskatchewan
The Farmers & Makers Market is proud to serve as a small business incubator and champion for the many wonderful local farms, nurseries, bakeries, meat and seafood providers, cheese makers, specialty food producers, artists and makers, vintners, brewers and distillers our area has to offer. Every vendor is carefully screened with a commitment to creating a diverse marketplace with the highest quality locally produced products available.
Our founding market vendors and community supporters have established the Calgary Earth Market Society, becoming Calgary’s first “by-vendors, for-vendors” Farmers’ Market. Successful applicants to the market become voting members in this Society; and active voices in growing the success of their individual businesses along with market as a whole. Check out the Society By-laws to read what we're all about!