Pop-up Farmers Markets return to your local Co-op

Supporting local producers and sustainable shopping choices

CALGARY, July 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Calgary Co-operative Association Limited ("Calgary Co-op") is proud to support local growers and producers, and is committed to providing members greater access to locally-sourced products.

Following the successful launch of their Pop-up Farmers Markets in 2014, Calgary Co-op has announced their return with a schedule for 2015.

"Last year Calgary Co-op introduced Pop-up Farmers Markets to our members with a pilot program that was held at three locations," says Ken Woo, VP, Food Centre Operations and Merchandising. "The response was so overwhelming, we decided to offer these markets throughout the city this summer."

Calgary Co-op will be hosting Pop-Up Farmers Markets in the parking lots at 16 locations now until September. Each will feature 16-20 local producers selling freshly grown and freshly prepared foods.

"Our members are looking for access to new and classic foods that are locally produced," continued Woo. "With these Pop-up Farmers Markets, Calgary Co-op members have the opportunity to meet, speak with and purchase fresh products directly from the families who produce them."

The first Pop-up Farmers market will be held in the Beddington Co-op parking lot today, 8220 Centre Street NE. Each market will run from 3 – 7 pm:

July 15 - Beddington

August 12 - Oakridge

September 10 - Quarry Park

July 16 - Crowfoot

August 13 - Creekside

September 11 - Brentwood

July 22 - Oakridge

August 19 - High River

September 17 - Crowfoot

July 23 - Rocky Ridge

August 20 - Richmond Road

September 18 - Oakridge

July 29 - Richmond Road

August 26 - West Springs

July 30 - Macleod Trail

August 27 - Airdrie

Calgary Co-op will continue to explore new and innovative opportunities to provide members with the best in fresh, local products. When one shops at their local Co-op, they can be satisfied knowing that every purchase goes back into the community to support our local farmers and ranchers.

About Calgary Co-op

Owned by our members, Calgary Co-op is one of the largest retail co-operatives in North America. With over 440,000 members, 3,700 employees, assets of $519 million and annual sales over $1.2 billion, Calgary Co-op is committed to lead in food; petroleum; home health care; pharmacy; wine, spirits, beer and travel. In 2014, through the Co-op Community Foundation and community initiatives, Calgary Co-op invested over $4.2 million into local youth programs, education, environment, preventative health and poverty relief. For more information please visit www.calgarycoop.com

SOURCE Calgary Co-Operative Association Limited (Calgary Co-op)

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For further information: Media Contact: Karen Allan, Calgary Co-operative Association Limited, 403-219-6025, ext. 6105


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