A staple of the West Edmonton Summer scene since 2012, the 124 Grand Market returned for  it’s 2019 season on 9th May, the warmest day of the year with the first Thursday Market and the lure of eclectic food truck cuisine and local vendors is enough for an early office exit.

Under sunny skies with the mercury peaking at 21 Celsius, Edmonton’s Public Market as it bills itself showcases quality, locally farmed and focused products and supports growing small businesses in and around Edmonton. 

One of those local vendors is farmer Brian Wilson of Dawn Agri. Ltd, a Camrose-area farm who sells his free range non-GMO, soy free pesticide free, and herbicide free fresh farm eggs.

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Brian, who is no relation to the Beach Boys founder of the same name although probably hears Pet Sounds on his farm,  explained that most chicken feed contains soy which is transferred to the eggs in concentrations of up to 5-percent, enough to affect those with soy sensitivities or allergies. As I am always eating eggs for breakfast, I picked up a dozen of the extra large brown eggs at a price not much more than the generic white eggs sold at the local supermarket.

A popular tent is Bent Stick Brewing, a local Edmonton nano-brewery with a dare to be different mantra and palpable passion for beer. Pick up a few of the 650-ml beer bottles of brew such as Four-Thirty PM Stout or my favorite the Wizard Device Belgium Amber. And yes, samples are available.

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Among the rotating line-up of food trucks is Little Village, the freewheeling Greek eatery (try  their lamb & potatoes covered with tzatziki) or Meat Street Pies which Specializes in baked-on-board their Partridge Family-like multi-coloured food truck ethnic pies, pasties and patties, gluten free & veggie options.

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Each week, a new crop of vendors (think food trucks, artisans, produce and prepared food) hits the market, so no two weeks will be the same.

Thursdays on 108 Avenue & 124 Street from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM. Enjoy live music, performances, food trucks, local growers, bakers, makers, and kids programming including a Little Beans Program for the young ones.

The 2019 Season will run outdoors from May 9 to the Harvest Thanksgiving Market October 10.

Thursday Market
Thursdays from May 9 – October 10, 2019
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
108 Avenue & 124 Street

Sunday Market
Sundays from June 2 – September 29
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
102 Avenue & 124 Street