Living Local in Edmonton

Posted by Jerad Cox on Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 6:09am.

Living Local Edmonton

Prime Edmonton Real Estate - Something that is easily lost if you live in a bigger city like Edmonton is the sense of local, sustainable living. Surrounded by traffic and noise, it can be difficult to find the feeling that an intimate, small community can bring. Luckily for Edmontonians, buying and living locally is made easy through Edmonton farmer’s markets. With everything from fresh produce to soaps, Edmontonians can feel good about the purchases they make while supporting local businesses. Whether you visit the Strathcona or 104 Street Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning, or Mother’s Market on a Sunday afternoon, there are plenty of great choices.

Now that we’re in summer, more and more farmer’s markets in Edmonton will be stocking fresh fruits and vegetables – a great option for anyone looking for produce that hasn’t been sitting in storage. Things like eggplant, basil, and rhubarb will be available in early spring, while summer will bring in berries, grapes, and nectarines. Alberta is famous for its beef, so carnivores should check out their local market for good quality beef, along with other meats like pork and even bison. Fresh cheese and eggs, homemade jams and jellies, and baked goods – there’s nothing you can’t buy, and it’s all from Alberta, BC, and the Edmonton area. Looking for something outside your grocery list? You can’t go wrong with handcrafted jewelry, pottery, or even soap.

The products might be great, but the real draw of the farmer’s market has to be the people. There’s a small town feel here, a country community in the heart of the city. Vendors will be eager to discuss their products with you, sharing their stories and creative process. Everyone here is passionate about what they’ve created, and this passion comes out in the quality of the products. Connecting with people in a bigger city can be a daunting task – sometimes it feels like everyone is in a rush, heading to work with their heads down. At Edmonton markets, this melts away. Strolling between the vendors, striking up conversations, you’ll feel camaraderie with your fellow Edmontonians. More than anything, there’s a sense of commitment here – to sustainable living and quality, local products.

Anyone who’s grown up in a small town or rural setting knows the tight community that forms. Everyone knows everyone else, and neighbors can become like family. Big cities can sometimes lose this closeness – people spend more time apart, looking at laptops and hurrying from place to place. Farmer’s markets in Edmonton bring the small-town feel into the big city, with high quality products and engaged, friendly people. Find a local market near you – there are dozens popping over the Edmonton area - and it will be worth the trip!

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