Local farmers and artisans provide a home-grown shopping experience

Doug Taylor owner and artist of Brenx Artistic Blacksmithing.

Doug Taylor owner and artist of Brenx Artistic Blacksmithing.

There is something gratifying about shopping local and giving back to one’s community. At Gasoline Alley Farmers’ Market in Red Deer, shoppers can find everything they need – and want – while contributing to the success of local businesses and services.

“Eighty-nine per cent of our vendors are Albertans that make, bake, grow, or craft their own products,” says Shauna Fisher, General Manager of Gasoline Alley Farmers’ Market. “These are entrepreneurs and small business people who directly impact our economy.”

Supporting local businesses has many spin-off benefits. These businesses employ our friends, family, and neighbours. They also invest locally, creating jobs, improving infrastructure, and contributing to social and economic benefits.

Ryan and Brittany at Little Farm on Wall Street grow seasonal cut flowers and hand pour soy candles year-round.

Ryan and Brittany at Little Farm on Wall Street grow seasonal cut flowers and hand pour soy candles year-round.

Gasoline Alley Farmers’ Market opened in November 2020, an indoor and year-round shopping experience celebrating small local producers, artisans and farmers.

“Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, we welcome you to meet your local bakers, makers, growers, brewers and crafters,” says Fisher. Visitors will find high-quality products from more than 50 Alberta-owned businesses and a selection of pop-up vendors that change weekly.

There is something for everyone in the family with special events and entertainment throughout the year.

Top Quality Vendors

Farmers’ markets have become a popular agri-tourism attraction in Alberta, providing a unique shopping experience in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Each approved farmers’ market in Alberta is independently operated and reflects the rich culture of its community. The Alberta Government, working through the Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market Program, ensures managers and vendors have support to keep the experience safe for visitors.

International Flair

Yes, you are still in Alberta! But with all the international offerings, you would think you have escaped to another corner of the world.

“There are a lot of different international flavours such as Asian, Southeast Indian, Ukrainian, Middle Eastern, Italian, Mexican, Dutch, and more,” says Fisher.

The Market kitchen is a collective of five small, locally-owned and operated restaurants, a craft brewery, coffee shop and an organic bakery. You can dine downstairs and enjoy the buzz of the market, head upstairs to the mezzanine area or on our relaxing patio. The Market Kitchen is open every Thursday through to Sunday and into the evening when the primary market is closed.

May Lisondra the entrepreneur behind Eco Hub Refillery where you can refill eco-friendly household products, personal care and pet care goods

May Lisondra the entrepreneur behind Eco Hub Refillery where you can refill eco-friendly household products, personal care and pet care goods

Shop the Experience

“Shopping at Gasoline Alley Farmer’s Market is not just about picking up the necessary goods. It is about the experience, getting to know and talk to your neighbours who bake your bread, raise your carrots, grow your tomatoes, knit your sweaters, or produce your jam,” says Fisher.

Gasoline Alley Farmers’ Market reflects the community’s rich culture, bringing to life some of the most nutritious, fresh, local products and offering artisanal and made-with-love products.

“I encourage everyone to pay us a visit,” says Fisher. “To see it is to experience it. To experience it is to fall in love with the Farmers’ Market.”

Gasoline Alley Farmers’ Market is at 558 Laura Ave. in Red Deer. It is open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Market Kitchen is also available on Thursday evenings.

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