Thank you to our loyal customers and the Leduc community for weathering the many location changes of Leduc Farmers’ Market over the last several years! Our journey has been challenging and we would like to be transparent with some of the setbacks we have faced so there is a better understanding of how we arrived at our current location at Leduc Heritage Grain Elevator!
Over the years we have been at the Alexandra Arena (our preferred location), moving to two downtown locations and back and forth to the Leduc Recreation Centre. Each location had pros and cons for vendors and customers, but were unable to satisfy the requirements of all parties involved. Our team has scouted every area of Leduc to find the 'perfect' location. Some of the locations we have researched are Leduc Common, several downtown options and a few on the south and east sides of the city. Many spots are unavailable for the market to use, or the cons outnumber the pros.
We discovered that Leduc Heritage Grain Elevator checked off most of our boxes and we are pleased to be trying out this location in hopes of making it permanent in the future. The Grain Elevator offers good visibility, plenty of space for vendors and ample parking around the area. We are aware there are some issues such as busy traffic flow, periodical muddy conditions and difficult terrain for those with mobility issues. With time, changes and improvements can be made once we make the decision if this will be our permanent home.
For now, we ask that you, our very valued customers, to continue to offer constructive suggestions that will positively enhance your shopping experience at the new location! We are also very open to hearing your proposals of locations in Leduc, taking into consideration the size of vendor vehicles, space for future growth, cost of land rental, visibility, parking and whether the location is willing to host the market on both Thursdays and Saturdays. We are willing to look into any feasible option.
In the meantime, please positively regard the nature of our situation and continue to show your wonderful support for local small businesses. We want to become a destination to which you happily take your family and friends!
The Leduc Farmers’ Market Board
Leduc Farmers Market is looking forward to welcoming our great vendors for Thursday, June 13. We'll be open from 10am-1:30pm in the Leduc Grain Elevator parking lot.
For 4 years now, One Stitch Two Stitch Custom Garments and Reclaimed Wood Decor has been at the Leduc Farmers Market. They “love to keep business in Leduc and the Market is a fabulous way to do that!” says the local Owner and Mother of four.
Known for their custom-made clothing and home décor, stop in at their booth to score a truly unique item to complement your family wardrobe or bring warmth to your home.
“I have always loved crafting and building,” reflects Mary-Jane, Owner of One Stitch Two Stitch, “I started initially because we were having trouble finding unique clothing that suited the broad range of shapes and sizes at our workplace.”
Choose from their ready-to-buy graphic designs made for babies, kids, adults, or — print your own custom design! Whether it’s a funny anecdote, a team logo, or a photograph, Mary-Jane is available to bring your idea to life on fabric.
Their home décor options includes toss pillows, tea towels, and other embroidered items. Depending on the week, you might even be lucky enough to find one of her creations made from reclaimed pallet wood! Past works of art we’ve seen from Mary-Ann have been gardening planters, coat hangers, and chalk boards.
Wooly Goat Soap brings handmade, all-natural goat’s milk soap and other bath, body, and laundry products to the Leduc Farmers Market. A proud vendor for three years and counting, we’re always excited to see what new inventions they have to offer.
The inception of their product line began in 2014 with an experiment! As a leader for the Junior Forest Wardens, connecting young people and their families with natural skills, Carmen Dabels decided to learn and teach the ancient art of soap making to the kids. The whole experience and end-product were so well received, she decided to launch into business and share with her community!
Made without the use of perfumes, fragrance oils, or dyes, Wooly Goat products are perfect for people with sensitive skin. Naturally healing ingredients like lavender, neem, bentonite clay, and more are blended to provide a nourishing alternative to conventional products with harsh chemicals. From 8 thieves and after-tattoo salves to bath bombs and mud masks, this Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan creator has you covered.
One of their soap innovations we love most are those that have been hand felted with a combination of sheep, alpaca, or llama wool! The wool cover on the soap forms a luxurious lather and also actually allows the soap to dry faster — making it the ideal companion for camping, hiking, and travel.
You can find Wooly Goat Soap and dozens of other amazing vendors at the Leduc Farmers Market every Thursday from 10 am to 1:30 pm at the Leduc Recreation Centre (4330 Black Gold Dr). “Meeting new people” is Carmen’s favourite part about being a vendor at Leduc Farmers Market, so make sure you stop by her booth and say hello!
For more detailed product information and to stay current on everything Wool Goat Soap, check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
One of the newest vendors at the Leduc Farmers Market is serving up tasty French Macarons! Though it’s only their first year as a vendor, Whipped Up Baked Goods from Edmonton is “loving the friendliness and tight-knit community feel,” commenting that it is “always a joy to come to the Leduc market and find out what’s happening in the community.”
The company started in 2015 with an authentic love of baking and Macarons. Owner, Kandace Kobryn, was sold after taking her first bite at a local bakery!
“The great thing about Macarons is how versatile they are for flavouring and colouring! It allows me to think outside the box and stray away from traditional flavours. I pull from childhood memories to create little bites of nostalgia and a fun new experience for customers.” - Kandace Kobryn, Owner of Whipped Up Baked Goods
Out-of-the-box flavours, indeed! From Saskatoon Berry and Nanaimo Bar to Sour Cherry Blaster and Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, her creations are always evolving — a surprise to look forward to every Thursday from 10am - 1:30pm at Leduc Recreation Center (4330 Black Gold Dr).
We believe two of the greatest benefits to attending the Leduc Farmers Market are being able to support local business and to walk away the freshest products. In alignment, Whipped Up Baked Goods’ has made the commitment to using fresh and local ingredients whenever possible — just another reason to swoon over their sweet treats!
Drool over macaroons and stay in-the-loop with Whipped Up Baked Goods by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Meet the Meat Traders from Medicine Hat! We love to hear that after 3 years at the Leduc Farmers Market, it’s the community vibes and loyal customers that keep them coming back!
At their stand you’ll see a variety of Soft Beef Jerky, Beef Bits, Caesar Sticks, and Fermented Pepperoni — all direct from their family Ranch in Southeast Alberta.
Their family ranch was established 83 years ago and since they launched the jerky business in 2007, the wisdom of four-generations of family have influenced the growth and success of their product line!
To create the Jerky, they use a blend of both the succulent and flavourful locomotive muscles and the tender structural muscles to reach their famously soft and distinct texture. With wild flavours like Chipotle-lime and Habanero to the Teriyaki and Original classics, it’s a must-try for any local-supporting carnivore. Using 100% quality Canadian beef, MHMT is proud to offer a true Alberta beef snacking experience.
In light of Canada’s 150th birthday, MHMT shows just how Canadian they are with their Beef Jerky Caesar Sticks — just the thing to take your summer caesar game to the next level. Their cheeky note next to the storage instructions — “Just in case you don’t devour the whole bag!” — left us laughing!
Along with our wonderful visitors, the vendors at our market are a big part of what makes the Leduc Farmers Market such a success. Whether they attend multiple markets throughout the area or are just unique to Leduc, they each share a common characteristic: they are extremely passionate about what they do.
We want to share their story with you by featuring one of our vendors each week. You’ll learn the why behind their business and the reason they love coming back to Leduc. Check back tomorrow for our first featured vendor!