Vendor application and market information
Founded in 1967 as a small Calgary garden centre, Golden Acre has grown to become one of the largest home and garden stores in Canada. Our family-owned and operated business has been inspiring generations of gardeners for decades. In 2022 we launched the Golden Acre Community Market, an event dedicated to supporting local small businesses. At this two-day market, vendors will promote and sell their wares/services, meet new customers and network.
If you are a small business owner, charity or entertainer based in Alberta, we want you to join our community.
Look below for market FAQs and the application. If you have any questions or concerns, email email@example.com.
APPLYING & BOOKING
Vendors have access to parking, Wi-Fi, and power (please bring your own extension cords/power bars).
You’re responsible for your own materials and supplies.
Artisan food is permitted if the items are “low risk foods” :
With a valid mobile food vending permit, vendors can bring:
- Food and ingredients from AHS approved sources
- Inspected meat
- Commercially pre-packaged foods
Vendors don’t need a food handling permit if they are exclusively selling these low risk foods:
- Raw, whole, unprocessed produce
- Inspected, graded, candled eggs (Purchase and Sale of Eggs and Processed Egg Regulation)
- Honey (produced by the seller)
Under AHS guidelines the following foods are not approved for sale at the Golden Acre Community Market:
- Home-prepared foods (made in an unlicensed facility/kitchen) such as jams and jellies
- Un-inspected meat
- Unpasturized milk and milk products
Some exceptions may apply; more information can be found here.
All food vendors must be able to demonstrate that all food is from an approved source and foods are labeled in accordance with CFIA requirements.
After applying you will receive a confirmation notice that your application has been submitted. Please allow up to three (3) business days for a response.
The first Golden Acre Community Market will be held November 12 & 13th, 2022.
The next will take place December 10 & 11, 2022.
After a break to prepare for Calgary’s gardening season, the GA Community Market will return the second weekend of July and repeat monthly through December.
No, you can apply for as many or few markets as you’d like. We want to provide our customers with a good selection of vendors. Vendors are selected based on our Vendor Selection Criteria.
The application deadline is 10 days before the market weekend.
Ex. Applications to attend the November 12 market are due by November 2.
If you’re selected to be a vendor, we will contact you to confirm your booking. Payment is required to hold the space. Payments can be made by e-transfer or credit card. Payments must be made no later than seven (7) days before the market.
If for some reason the market is cancelled, we will notify you and do our best to reschedule you for a future market. If we’re unable to reschedule, we will refund your payment.
We get it, life happens. If you cannot attend, please let us know so we can update market bookings and bring in vendors from the waitlist.
If you cancel eight (8) or more days before the market, we will refund your booking fee. The payment is non refundable if you cancel seven (7) or fewer days before the market.
Vendors are responsible for the transaction of their own goods. Please bring a cash float and/or any mobile payment devices* you may require, as well as wrapping or packaging for your customers’ purchases.
*Wi-Fi is available, however signal strength is not guaranteed.
Please note there is no ATM on site.
BOOTH & MARKET DAYS
The GA Community Market is dedicated to bringing in a diverse group of vendors and businesses. Table placement and booth assignment is at the discretion of Golden Acre and is determined for the best benefit of the market.
All vendors, with a table or a different display (i.e., a mobile cart), are required to:
- Have a safe display (sturdy with no tripping hazards).
- Tuck storage containers and supplies out of sight.
If you’re planning on a display without a table please inform us of your plans and send a photo of your mobile cart.
You may be asked to amend your display to ensure it is appropriate for the community market.
The market is a two-day event, held on the second Saturday and Sunday of each month (July – December); vendors should be present both days.
The Golden Acre Community Market will be held inside the main hall of the Golden Acre greenhouse.
See the map for more details.
Vendors will have access to side parking lot close to the venue access door. Free parking is available on Golden Acre’s property and near by.
Yes, we have public washrooms; they are located at the front of the store, on the right side past the furniture department.
Yes, every department in the store is on one level with no stairs to navigate.