We are a gathering place for community beyond just food.
Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market has always been rooted in community. We not only support local farmers and artisans, but also open our market to like-minded, not-for-profit groups, offer incubation opportunities to small businesses, space for musicians to busk at the market each week, support our vendors by hosting CSA pick-ups, and facilitate activities for children. Stop by our WELCOME TENT to say hi, and engage with us!
New to market? Looking for special event info? Just want to chat food?? Stop by our Welcome Tent and hangout with us. Our knowledgeable volunteers are happy to help you fill your Truebuch growler, point you in the direction of your favourite vendor, help you enter a giveaway, fill up your water bottle or hook you up with a reusable bag!
This is also where you can find Calgary Dollars this summer- they will help you sign up for their alternative currency community that is accepted by most vendors at our market!
Find information on HSCA's programs, the Farmers' Market special events, and more here.
Each week we will be offering a complimentary booth to a few local groups. If you are a not-for-profit and interested in this opportunity, please complete the non-profit application found under the ‘BECOME A VENDOR‘ tab.
Due to interest and a need for commitment, we ask that non-profits submit a nominal fee to secure a table, which will be reimbursed at the end of the market day. The holding fee must be received prior to market day.
Our Incubator Booth makes our Farmers' Market more accessible to emerging entrepreneurs. With lower fees, and no need to bring your own tent, you can test your product at our market for 3 consecutive weeks. If you are a new or small business and are interested in this opportunity, please complete the incubator booth application found under the ‘BECOME A VENDOR‘ tab.
To be eligible for this program, you must be able to commit to 3 consecutive weeks of markets, be within your first 2 years of operation and/or have 5 employees or less. We ask for 3 weeks so you can build relationships with our customer base, and get a feel for the natural ebbs and flows of market life.
Community Supported Agriculture
CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is an approach to growing and purchasing food that has farmers and consumers working cooperatively. Before the growing season, consumers purchase a “share” of the farmer’s harvest for the season. By doing this, the farmer gains a guaranteed market, and the consumer gains high quality, fresh food as it becomes available.
Most CSA farms are certified organic or emphasize sustainable production practices. They usually produce mixed vegetables but some offer fruits, meats, eggs and other products. Each CSA is run differently, but they can generally be sent to a central location such as a Farmers’ Market. Talk to your farmer about their preferred delivery method! If you would like a full list of CSA farms in Alberta, check out the Community Supported Agriculture in Alberta website.
We strive to make the market a space for the entire family. Each week, there will be a 'Snack Stop' available at one of our vendors. Stop by with the kid's and grab a healthy bite!
Kid's are also welcome to help decorate the Sweet Beet Stage each week with chalk, and are invited to participate in market scavenger hunts as you shop (stop by the Welcome Tent for more information).
All of our Special Event markets will have some special activities just for kids, not to mention our kid-specific market and Teddy Bear Picnic happening on July 11th, 2018. Keep your eyes on our Facebook page for details.