join our vendor family of

farmers & makers

feeding communities and culture

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Thank you for your interest in joining the Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE, Calgary's largest inner-city outdoor Alberta Approved Farmers Market! Consistently rated in the top three Farmer's Markets in Calgary, we proudly serve as a small business incubator & champion for the many wonderful local farms, food & beverage producers, artisans, and makers our local area has to offer.  (We are so happy to have been the place where many well known brands and products started off and grew their businesses!) Each vendor is carefully chosen with a commitment to creating a reliable & complete one-stop food primary market with the highest quality locally made baked and grown food & wares available for shoppers to take home from the market, every week, rain, sun or snow!

We are an Alberta Approved Farmers Market operated by the Calgary Earth Market Society, certified and administered by the regulations of the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Farmers Market Program, and adhering to the provincial and federal legislation for Farmers Markets outlined in Part 3 of the Alberta Public Health Act Food Regulation, the Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act, the Safe Food For Canadians Regulation, the AGLC, and others. 

Alberta Approved Farmers Markets are the only markets:

  • required to ensure at least 80% of everything vended at the market is made, baked or grown here in Alberta, and being vended by the makers, bakers or growers themselves.

  • required to operate as a not-for-profit and with a minimum number of market days each season to foster equitable market access for local farmers, makers and bakers, and local food access for shoppers

  • legally allowed to vend both home-prepared low and high-risk foods, as all vendors fall under the Market food permit, and the Market Manager's inspection.

  • not allowed to sell used or flea market goods (unless upcycled into "new" items)

  • required to have a  certified Farmers Market Manager

  • required to report to and be monitored by the Alberta Government's Approved Farmers Market Program, and Alberta Health Services 

At the Farmers & Makers Market we exceed minimum requirements, and strive to ensure that more than 90% of what you'll find at the market every Saturday is made, baked and grown by our vendors themselves - with most originating no farther than 30km from the market!

Keen to learn more? Here are the steps to become part of our F&MM Vendor family:

STEP 1 - SEE IF YOU QUALIFY: We are interested in showcasing locally grown, raised, sourced and produced products vended by the makers, bakers and growers themselves, for market shoppers to take home market day.

  • We do not accept franchises or distributorships, businesses based outside of Alberta, products containing CBD or THC, used or flea items

  • Businesses selling services are not allowed 

  • Resellers are only considered if the products are considered essential to the market mix

  • For-profit businesses interested in promotions/marketing/solicitation opportunities are considered Exhibitors. Learn more about how to become an Exhibitor by clicking HERE. 

STEP 2 - CONSIDER THE FIT: Our focus is providing shoppers a reliable, consistent, complete and welcoming market to do all their weekly shopping AND ALSO being a connector to small farms, cottage industry and new businesses

  • We prioritize full time vendors, followed by biweekly vendors

  • We do not accept drop-in/trial/occasional vendors - but do have an incubator program for new businesses

  • Vendors having brick-and-mortar storefronts or existing retail agreements are considered after those without, and are required to ensure prices at-market are the same or less than regular storefront pricing

  • review the Alberta Approved Farmers Market program document                                    "How to be a Farmers Market Vendor"  (click on the pdf link)

STEP 3 - LEARN THE F&MM MARKET RULES & REGULATIONS: Please review our 2023 Vendor Handbook for information about the requirements and expectations of participating in our markets prior to completing an application (vendor contracts bind you to these rules and expectations .

  • link to 2023 Vendor Handbook coming soon!

  • Food vendors are also be require to complete the "Alberta Food Safety Basics for Farmers Markets" FREE online course from Alberta Health Services linked here

STEP 4 - COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION: Please have any applicable food handling certifications, licenses, product info and pricing ready to upload to or include in your application. 

  • Click the Apply Now button below, to complete and submit an online application.

  • Remember to etransfer your application fee in order to have your application processed.

coming soon!

STEP 5 - APPLICATION REVIEW & NOTIFICATION: We are committed to creating a diverse marketplace with the highest quality, locally produced products available. The F&MM & Calgary Earth Market Society reserve unconditional discretion to accept or refuse anyone as a market vendor; the selection process takes into consideration many factors, including quality, sourcing, presentation and diversity of product to ensure a successful market. 

  • Vendors will be notified of their status no later than 2 weeks after the closing date

  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a vendor contract, insurance requirements and meet payment terms prior to being able to vend. 

STEP 6 - VENDOR ORIENTATION: All new vendors are required to attend a new vendor orientation, and returning vendors are welcome. During the meeting, new vendors will meet staff & Board members, review the rules and regulations provided in the Vendor Handbook, have the opportunity to ask questions and meet fellow members of their new market community.