The Evergreen Farmers' Market was initiated under the Agricultural Societies act in Drayton Valley in 1975. It was the first offering of the Society and has continued to be a core function of the society ever since. The first 50 tables were wooden and made locally by Larry.
The market has been in many different locations: The Scouts hall, the Elks Hall, The Derrick Mall, the Omniplex and the Wellhouse Building to name a few.
The Local Agricultural Society does not have a hall or building they manage and so the market is moved wherever it can find enough space for a reasonable price, inside because of the short wet summers in our region.
The Evergreen market was managed internally by vendors for most of it's history who volunteered to do it for the price of free table rent.
In 2014, the Farmers' Market Managers wanted to retire and none of the vendors at the time wanted the responsibility.
The Ag society hired a contractor to come in an assess the market, manage it for the year and report back on what needed to be done to move it forwards. Colleen Schoeninger took the job and said she needed 3 years to make necessary changes to bring it's operations into a more businesslike model.
What's New With Us?
We have moved Market into the Mackenzie Center of the Omniplex for 2018.
Our Vendor AGM will be March 14th, 2018 at 2:00 pm in the lobby of the Mackenzie Center
The Kids Club Program will continue with Special attractions on March 28 and 31 during Spring Break week and then on the Saturdays until the Summer. Get your Kids a Club card to track your food purchases to collect your market bucks. Club cards are available at every market.
Food vendors at the market need to have their Market Food Safety Basics Home Study course certificate in order to sell at the market. You also need proof of insurance.
To get started on your food safety, please copy and paste the link provided: