This week on the blog we’ve gone exploring the neighborhood. Just a few blocks away from of our new home at Holland Plaza, local, sustainable, small businesses, farmers and vendors alike come together on Thursday evenings from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at the 124 Grand Market. Located on 124 st and 108 ave, the market features over 50 unique, local vendors, 4 delicious food trucks, and promotes local art talents by highlighting theatre and live music.
The market shakes things up by hosting different vendors every week. Prior to the market hours, you can check out who will be attending weekly on their website. Vendors include everything from fresh, local produce to baked goods (shout out to Moonshine Doughnuts featured in the picture, YUM) to prepared gluten free, organic, vegan-friendly food. Farmers markets are a perfect opportunity to pick up your midweek groceries while supporting local farms and companies.
124 grand market also hosts 4 different food trucks each week, providing the perfect dinner option for the after work, downtown cowd. Sailin’ on is Edmontons only vegan food truck and the fried avocado tacos are to die for! Little Village Food truck is also a regular at the Grand Market, dishing out authentic, delicious Greek food. Other food trucks include Drift Food Truck, Orbit Food Truck, and Land of a 1000 Dogs.
Upholding their values of community, the market also sets up community booths each week. Featuring places such as the Edmonton Public Library to hand out free library cards and The Canadian Western Bank to share their involvement with Big Brothers and Big Sisters! Local talents are featured each week by accommodating live musicians, artisan vendors, and theatre/dance performers.
Another unique feature of this market is their ‘Little Beans’ program. This program provides kids with the opportunity to get educated and fosters proper nourishment habits at a young age. Sign your little one up at the info booth and they will be provided with a token, which can be traded up for any fruit, vegetable, or plant-based product of their choice.
Much like the underlying values of Barre Body Studio, 124 Grand Market cherishes community, health and wellness. We have a thing for farmers markets here; not only do we love nourishing our bodies with locally grown nutrients but we appreciate having a place for the community to gather and celebrate this beautiful city!
You only have ONE week left to catch the 124 Grand Market before it shuts down for the winter months. We have also attached a list of some of our other favourite markets in and around YEG, and their closing dates. Check them out!
124 Grand Market – October 8
South Common Market – October 17/18
Old Strathcona Farmers Market – open year round
City Market Downtown – moving indoors October 19
South West Edmonton Farmers Market – October 7
The Market Place at Callingwood – October 11
Sherwood Park Farmers Market – open year round
St. Albert Farmers Market – October 10