The Farmer's Market in Red Deer will be moving to the Red Deer Polytechnic.The 52-year-old Farmers’ Market will be held at main campus from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm every Saturday from May 20 to October 7.
“We are so excited to have RDP as our new home. Along with the location and space for vendors and customers, there are some great opportunities to explore with RDP that may not have shown themselves at our last location,” says Patrick Moffat, Co-Manager of the Market @Red Deer. “We really believe this is a good fit and a great location.”
The new site will give the Market a larger footprint with up to 320 stalls and room for growth if needed. This does not include the plenty of nearby customer parking stalls, including accessible stalls.
“We are excited to welcome vendors and visitors to Red Deer Polytechnic’s main campus for the Red Deer Public Market in the weeks and months ahead,” says Patrick Machacek, Vice President of Development and Partnerships at Red Deer Polytechnic. “This is an example of how RDP is deepening our community partnerships and supporting central Alberta’s entrepreneurs. Markets like this are incubators for small business and for cultural connection. Hosting this weekly market on our campus reflects our role as a polytechnic to contribute to the economic growth and social development of the region.”
The Red Deer Market, which was started by Dennis Moffat in 1970, has been seeking a new location since Red Deer City Council voted not to renew its long-standing agreement of over 30 years to operate in front of the Servus Arena and Pidherney Centre parking lots. Many locations were considered, including a few possible sites in the downtown area. However, Red Deer Polytechnic was identified by organizers as the best choice. Along with the ample parking, RDP has excellent access to transit and is part of the Waskasoo trail systems, among other amenities that make the Polytechnic a great place to host The Market@Red Deer.
Beginning May 20, signage will help direct customers and vendors to Red Deer Polytechnic, which is located at 100 Red Deer College Boulevard in south-west Red Deer.