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 events@goldenacre.ca.

faqs

APPLYING & BOOKING

How much does a stall cost? What is included?

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.

How do I apply to become a vendor?

Review the vendor criteria, terms and conditions, and complete the vendor application.

I'm an artisan food vendor, what do I need to know to attend?

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:

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 I apply, what’s next?

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.

How frequent is the GA Community Market?

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.

Since the GA Community Market is held monthly (July – December), do I have to commit to attending all six (6) weekends?

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.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is 10 days before the market weekend.

Ex. Applications to attend the November 12 market are due by November 2.

PAYMENTS

How do I pay for my booth?

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.

What if a market is cancelled?

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.

What happens if I can't make an event?

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.

Will Golden Acre staff process vendors market transactions?

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

Can I choose my booth location?

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.

Do I have to use a table, or can I use my own display/cart?

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. 

Is the market for the full weekend, or can I book in for only one day?

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.

What can I sell in my booth?

The GA Community Market is dedicated to bringing in a diverse group of vendors and businesses. However, some items are prohibited, please see terms and conditions for details. Artisan food is permitted, some exceptions may apply.
If you have any other questions, please contact events@goldenacre.ca.

What are the market hours?


VENUE

Where is Golden Acre located?
Where at Golden Acre will the market be held? Is it indoors?

The Golden Acre Community Market will be held inside the main hall of the Golden Acre greenhouse.
See the map for more details.

Where do vendors park? Is it free parking?

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.

Do you have washrooms? Where are they?

Yes, we have public washrooms; they are located at the front of the store, on the right side past the furniture department.

Is Golden Acre wheelchair and mobility aid accessible?

Yes, every department in the store is on one level with no stairs to navigate.

CODE OF CONDUCT, TERMS & CONDITIONS

Code of Conduct
  1. Vendors will conduct themselves and dress in a professional and respectful manner towards the public, all market participants, and Golden Acre staff; and will refrain from using offensive, threatening, or intimidating language (in verbal and written form, i.e., clothing).
  2. Vendors are required to have at least one person always operating their space during market hours.
  3. Vendors will refrain from any behavior that interferes with the working and selling opportunities of other market vendors and Golden Acre.
  4. Vendors will not participate in the market under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  5. Vendors will only sell and display items that are safe and appropriate for a family friendly venue.
    See prohibited merchandise.
  6. Vendors will operate their vehicles and/or equipment in a safe and responsible manner.
  7. Vendors are responsible for keeping their space clean and tidy during and after the market, including removing and disposing of their own refuse off site.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Prohibited Merchandise

All items sold at Golden Acre need to be safe and family friendly.

Prohibited items include:
    • Illicit drug paraphernalia
    • Live animals
    • No firearms
    • No open flames or combustible materials
    • Sexual items

Artisan food is permitted if the items are low risk foods and the vendor has a food handling permit. Some exceptions apply; more information can be found here.

Vendor Selection Criteria
  • Your company must be a local Alberta charity or small business, or you are a performer/artist based in Alberta.
    Some exceptions may apply.
  • If your company is a small business, you must submit links to your public business social media accounts/website and photos of your product(s).
  • Space is limited, vendor selection depends on availability.
  • We reserve the right to refuse any applications.
Market Rules
  1. Safety is the #1 rule. Keep designated emergency exits and pathways clear.
  2. Vendors must comply with the code of conduct to ensure a safe, respectful, and fun environment for everyone.
  3. Vendors are responsible for ensuring that they abide by the Rules and Regulations of the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments.
  4. Set up within the set-up time and before the start of the market. See market hours here.
  5. Park within the vendor parking space. View the market map here.
  6. Golden Acre is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged articles.
  7. Smoking is only permitted outside of the greenhouse, within designated smoking areas.
  8. Golden Acre is private property, we have the right to remove unruly customers and vendors from the premises.
  9. Golden Acre management and administration has final say on all market matters.
  10. If vendors damage or break Golden Acre property (including but not limited to market tables, chairs), they are liable for replacement costs.

These rules are subject to change. Failure to comply with any component of the rules and regulations or the code of conduct will result in expulsion from the Golden Acre Community Market. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at events@goldenacre.ca.

Booths & Display
  1. Golden Acre will provide 1-6’ x 3’ table, 1 chair, power and Wi-Fi to vendors. Vendors are encouraged to decorate and style their booth to be professional and attractive.
  2. Tablecloths are required for all market tables. Tablecloths are available for rent for $6.50 each.
  3. Vendors must park in the designated parking lot, set up within the set-up time and not begin tearing down before the end of the market.
  4. Displays must be safe (sturdy with no tripping hazards). You may be asked to amend your display to ensure the safety of all.
  5. Tuck storage containers and supplies out of sight.
  6. Golden Acre display items are not for public use. Please bring your own items for display, including a tablecloth (or rent one).
Pricing & Payments
  1. Your merchandise must be priced and clearly displayed.
  2. Golden Acre Community Market is not a flea market. This is a community market intended to showcase and elevate local small businesses. Volume buying sales incentives, such as 3 for $10 are allowed, but the please refrain low-ball incentives that devalue the goods/services of the collective market.
  3. You are responsible for your own items, including the transportation, display, and transactions. Golden Acre is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged articles. Please bring your own cash float and/or mobile payment devices.

Please note there is no ATM on site.

If you have any other questions, email events@goldenacre.ca.

Are you ready to join the Golden acre community market? Apply here!



    Business type



    (This address is kept private and is only used to verify vendors are local small businesses.)

     


    Please insert the link(s) to your business social media account(s) and/or website.
     

    If you only have one account, place the same URL in both fields.


    PRODUCT INFORMATION

    Which best describes your business?


    Please provide us with a brief bio. Describe your business goods/services or charity mission/focus (required).

    Please submit three (3) photos representing your brand and the products you sell.



    MARKET SPACE

    The Golden Acre Community Market takes place in the main hall of Golden Acre Home & Garden.
    Each standard space is 6′x8′ deep and is equipped with one (1) 6′x3′ table and one (1) chair. Custom booth sizes are available.

    Which date(s) are you interested in attending?

    Minimum size one 6′x8′ stall (custom spaces are available by request).

     

    For a limited time, stall fees are discounted by 50%.

    Is power necessary for your display?

    Do you require additional chairs? Additional chairs can be rented for $3 each.

    Do you require additional 6' x 3' tables? Additional tables can be rented for $10 each.

    All tables must be covered. Tablecloths can be rented for $6.50 each. Do you need to rent a tablecloth(s), if so, how many?

    Black fitted table cloth



     

    Table placement and booth assignment is at the discretion of Golden Acre and is determined for the best benefit of the market.



     

    PAYMENT

    We will contact you to confirm your booking if you’re selected to be a vendor. Payment is required to hold the space.
    Payments can be made by e-transfer or credit card.



     

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

    CANCELLATION POLICY




    Market cancellation


    If the market is canceled, we will do our best to reschedule you for a future market. If we’re unable to reschedule, your payment will be refunded.

    Vendor cancellation
    Please provide us with a notification if you must cancel. Doing so will allow us to update market bookings and bring in vendors from the waitlist. You’re able to cancel up to eight (8) days before the market. If you cancel within seven (7) days, your payment will not be refunded.

    I read and understand the cancellation policy.

    Please scroll up to review the Code of Conduct and Terms & Conditions.
    I read and understand the code of conduct, terms & conditions.

    Having issues submitting an application? Email events@goldenacre.ca to receive a PDF application instead.