The Best Advice You’ll Ever Hear About Farmers’ Markets

Spragg’s Meat Shop products can be found year round, Thursday through Sunday, at the Calgary Farmers’ Market and the Market on Macleod. We have a lot of experience with farmers’ market shoppers and we work hard to eliminate many of the issues that can arise, but we’d like to share a few tips that will help make your market experience a positive one. Better safe than sorry!

Never forget your reusable shopping bags or totes. Not only will you be doing the environment a favour, but you’ll also be doing yourself a favour by freeing up your hands for the day. The markets do not have shopping carts, so plan to carry and transport your purchases back to your vehicle.

Cash is king. Although many vendors have debit machines, there is always the rare chance that technology will fail if the booth is located in an area with a weak connection. Withdraw cash from an ATM on location before you begin to shop, or stop at the bank beforehand.

Come early. You’ve heard it before: available while supplies last. It is not uncommon for vendors to sell out, especially if they are offering a seasonal item that is high in demand. Don’t miss your opportunity to shop for your favourite items, beat the rush! To avoid this issue altogether, we are happy to take orders a week in advance, available for pickup on market days.

 If you’re not sure, ask for details. We can’t speak for all vendors, but at Spragg’s Meat Shop our staff are always ready to help! If you’re unsure of what product is best for you, it never hurts to ask for a recommendation based on your preferences.

 Dog friendly? Stroller friendly? Because food is being sold, only service dogs are exempt from a no animal policy at the farmers’ markets. It is always best to find the answers to these questions in advance. Ask us your questions on Facebook a few days before you plan on visiting the farmers’ market. We never want to turn anyone away, but the key is to create the most positive, safe environment for all consumers.

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About Spragg’s Meat Shop

Spragg’s Meat Shop is a family owned and operated business located in Rosemary, Alberta. Greg and Bonnie Spragg raise hogs, process, and market their pork products direct to Albertan consumers. Spragg’s works hard to produce the best pork for Albertans, from the day the pigs are born, to the day the pork chops are cut, bacon is smoked and the roast is marinated. The Spragg family hopes that you get as much enjoyment eating their pork as they do getting it to your table.