FAQ’s

Frequently asked questions for vendors

  • When does the market run?
    • The market runs for 17 weeks from early June until the last Tuesday of September of each year, rain or shine.
  • What time is the market open?
    • The market is open from 3:30-7:00 pm each Tuesday. No sales or trades are permitted with customers prior to the 3:30 bell.
  • What time should I arrive at for setting up?
    • We have an on-site manager or volunteer at the market at 1:30 pm. You can arrive anytime after that. Please note that we cannot allow any moving vehicles in the market after 3 pm and you must have your stall set up by 3:15 pm.
  • How much does it cost?
    • Our 2017 rates are as follows…
      • $400 per stall for full season (no table provided)
      • $485 per stall for the full season (we supply table)
      • $225 or 205 per stall for half season (no table provided – see application)
      • $270 or 250 per stall for half season (we supply table – see application)
      • $40 per stall for casual week-to-week (no table provided)
      • $45 per stall for casual week-to-week (we supply table)
  • Can I come casually, week-to-week?
    • Priority is given to full-time and/or returning vendors. Casual vendors are allowed if space provides. We do not guarantee the same spot in the market nor market space. You are required to contact us the Monday prior to market day by 6:00 pm to advise us if you are coming and to see if we have space for you. We will collect the stall fee from you at the market.
  • Do we need to bring our own table and/or tent?
    • We have a limited number of tables for rent for $5 per table per week. There is also one 10-foot pop-up tent for $15 per week. Please note that our supply of tables and tents is limited.
  • What are the requirements to be accepted into the market?
    • We are proud to be an Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market. This means that 80% of our vendors make, bake, grow or raise their products. The remaining 20% are vendors that are bringing in product produced outside of Alberta. This market segment includes BC fruits, organic fruit and vegetables grown outside of Alberta, tea, coffee and artisan products. Priority is given to Alberta-based products.
  • What documentation do you require to apply?
    • Every vendor needs to fill out an application, sign a contract and provide a copy of their liability insurance showing The Market at Deerfoot City as payee. Additionally, you may need to provide a health permit, food handling permit, business license, organic registration or letter of reference depending on the products you sell. All documents must be current and received prior to acceptance into the market.
  • Do we need insurance to be at your market?
    • YES! You can obtain liability insurance through a number of avenues. The quickest, easiest way is to contact your current insurance broker or provider and see if you can add it to your current homeowner or tenant’s policy. You may also join the Alberta Farmers’ Market Association (AFMA) and get their insurance through Co-Operators in Leduc, no questions asked. You may have to take out a commercial policy. Contact AFMA at www.albertamarkets.com for more information.
  • Do you have electricity/electrical outlets?
    • No, there are no electrical outlets. Our vendors use generators or barbeques to heat food or beverages. No noisy generators will be permitted and all generators must be vented properly. Non-compliance may result in the market manager requesting your generator be shut down.
  • Is there running water or a water source at the market?
    • Vendors have access to water inside the administration building. There is no running water source in the parking lot. If you require water to set up a hand-washing station, you must bring your water in a container with a tap and bring a secondary container to catch your running water.
  • Is it okay to keep my children at my stall during the market hours?
    • Absolutely! Many of our vendors and volunteers have children with them at the market. We ask that you review a few safety rules with them including watching for cords, hot barbeques, elderly customers, asking mom and dad before taking food samples and no running through the market.
  • How many vendors do you have selling same or similar products?
    • We have quite a few vendors that sell the same or similar products. Although we do not have a competition clause in our contract restricting the vendors we accept into the market, we will ultimately do what is best for the market and our customers. Acceptance of same or similar products is up to the market manager’s discretion and is based on a number of factors and consideration for what is best for the success of each vendor and the market at large.
  • Can I bring my neighbor’s product (soap, candles, eggs, berries)?
    • Yes, Alberta Agriculture does allow you to bring your local farmer’s product that they have made, baked, grown or raised on their farm provided you are still predominantly selling your own products. You need to talk to the market manager prior to bringing any new products into the market.
  • Do I need a health permit or a food handling permit?
    • The answer varies. Please talk to your inspector at your local health region office to determine if you need a permit and what type. All food vendors should contact their health region regardless if they are giving out samples or not. The Calgary Health Region’s web site is www.calgaryhealthregion.ca or call 403-943-2288.