Beginning August 15th, approved farmers’ markets in Alberta will legally be able to sell craft beer and spirits.
Vendors could already distribute cottage wine throughout the province, but Manager of the Grande Prairie Farmers’ Market Darice Rach says this could open up a whole new market.
“If people do things right and they taste really good, I mean, there’s always going to be the opportunity for that in the market.”
Aside from the Grande Prairie Farmers’ Market, other approved markets in the Peace Region are located in Valleyview, Beaverlodge, Peace River, Grimshaw, Rycroft, DeBolt, Manning, Grande Cache and High Prairie.
“This is a win-win for Alberta’s businesses and consumers and a positive development for the broader community as we all get a chance to discover and support more locally made products. The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission continues to work with stakeholders and look for opportunities that lead to policies that better serve the industry,” said Alain Maisonneuve, acting president & CEO of AGLC.
Rach added they haven’t had any potential vendors come forward to date, but thinks that could quickly change.
“I haven’t had anybody call in regards to doing that yet, but it’s just brand new. So, it’s not to say that we won’t have anyone. We would welcome people to come down and apply and give it a try.”
Today also marks International Beer Day.