The people of Alberta love to explore the farmer’s market and for this reason, the government launched an app called the Approved Farmers Market App. Easy to navigate this app is available for Apple and Android devices and helps link users to the latest information about market locations, times and dates.
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Farmers’ markets in Alberta
Farmers’ markets in Alberta are governed by the province’s Agricultural and Rural Development Act, which stipulates that all farmers’ markets must be approved by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF) to operate. Approval is necessary to ensure that the market is operating in a fair and orderly manner and that the vendors are selling agricultural or horticultural products that they themselves have grown, raised or processed.
According to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier, “Alberta’s agriculture and food processing industry thrives on using innovative technology to increase efficiency and find new ways to do business. With an increasing cultural shift towards fresh, local foods, this app will help connect Albertans with producers,”
What does this App do?
As farmer’s markets provide a tremendous opportunity for the agriculture community to showcase the hard work they do to ensure safe and delicious food gets delivered straight from the farm every day, this Alberta Farmers’ Market application guides you to your nearest Alberta-approved farmers’ market.
The application uses your present location to map all local Alberta-approved farmers’ markets with information on each market and links to websites and social media when available. The data is provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Alberta, Canada.
This app will be useful as farmers’ markets are the number one agri-tourism attraction in Alberta. From locally-grown fruits and vegetables to homemade jams and clothing, there’s no shortage of items for market-goers to peruse.
According to Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda, “Alberta’s agriculture industry is an important part of rural tourism within the province. The Conference Board of Canada estimates the economic footprint of rural Alberta to be CA$ 77.4 billion annually. Farmers’ markets across Alberta are contributing to this success by helping to showcase local foods that highlight many culinary and ag-tourism opportunities,”
The province believes the cell phone app will improve the quality, timeliness and consistency of information for market-goers.
The app only has information about Alberta-approved farmer’s markets, not public markets. An Alberta-approved farmers market has been approved by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and meets the requirements of the program guidelines that have been approved by the minister.
Alberta Approved Farmers Markets App for Android
If you have an Android device (T-Mobile – US Samsung GT-I9500) then you can have this app free from Google Play Store
For iPhone users, you need to have a compatible device iOS 9.2 or later iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can have this app free to download from iTunes Store Also you can have this app from a government site with full details and features to know about this app better.