There isn't much that tastes better than fresh summer fruits and vegetables. Fresh dill, snap peas tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries, apples… the list could go on. Now of course, if you don't have enough time or space to maintain a garden that can grow all of your favourite fresh produce, the best place to pick it up is at the farmer's market. If you're living in Sherwood Park and want to know where the best farmer's markets in the area are, read on. You'll soon be on your way to getting those fresh ingredients that you and your family crave.

Open Year Round: The Sherwood Park Farmer's Market

The action at this farmer's market goes down on Wednesdays from 5PM-8PM at the Community Centre in Sherwood Park. It hosts about 70 vendors who sell everything from bread and meats to produce and anything else you could need to create an amazingly healthy and wholesome meal. The market is committed to upholding the philosophy of "You Make It, You Bake It, You Grow It, You Sell It." This means that when you come to the market, you're certain to meet and talk to the people who actually made the products you're purchasing. All the food is seasonal and the experience is truly authentic. Rain or shine, head down to the Community Centre at 401 Festival Lane and get yourself some goodies to take home.

Try Thursdays at the Salisbury Farmer's Market

Located at the Salisbury Greenhouse, this farmer's market is open on Thursdays from 4:30PM-8:00PM. They have five different produce vendors who sell a variety of garden vegetables as well as fruits and, uniquely, flax seed! They also have vendors who sell meats, crafts, baking and other specialty products.

Seasonal Only: Baseline Farmer's Market

The Baseline Farmer's Market is a seasonal market running in 2014 on Wednesdays from May 21-October 1 from 4:30PM-8:00PM. It's located in the Home Depot parking lot on 90 Baseline Road in Sherwood Park. It has been serving the Sherwood Park community since 2000 and now hosts over 70 vendors. They're open rain or shine, though will shut down in the case of extreme weather such as thunderstorms or a tornado.

Farmer's markets are a wonderful part of Canadian culture, and living in Alberta we're lucky to have so much fresh produce so readily available due to the importance of agriculture in our economy and culture. These well known farmer's markets in the Sherwood Park area are exceptional places to get your fresh groceries and any other crafts you may need. Meet the producers and know exactly what's going into your food. At the same time you'll be supporting local families and industry. No matter what time of year you find yourself in, there's always a farmer's market for you!

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