Edmonton's 124th Street Market opens for the season

Outdoor markets are starting to pop up in Edmonton again, and the market on 124th Street makes its grand opening for the season Thursday.

Market in a temporary location for this year

The 124th Street Grand Market opens this afternoon at 4 p.m. (Facebook)

Outdoor markets are starting to pop up in Edmonton again, and the 124th Street Grand Market is the first to hit the streets.

The successful summer staple for Edmonton foodies has moved six blocks south of its original location near the intersection of 124th Street and 108th Avenue. It is now located at the east side of 102nd Avenue, between 124th and 123rd streets.

The market was moved out of its original location to make way for neighbourhood renewal construction.

From fresh produce to handicrafts, more than 50 vendors will sell their wares weekly between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Market director Krista Franke says the new location is a bit of a logistical challenge. But she's confident market regulars will come back.

"It's going to be a bit of a hurdle, putting people on the street," Franke said during a Thursday morning interview on CBC Radio's Edmonton AM.

"We really have only about an hour and a half to set up 50 vendors, so we have to move really quickly. But everyone has been really supportive, and our vendors are sticking with us."

It is the fifth season for the market.

"It's been pretty incredible.  I can't believe it's been five years," said Franke.​

Franke says Edmonton's farmers market scene has become increasingly competitive in the last five years, but his group has managed to carve out a niche.

"They have been popping up everywhere in the city, but what's really beautiful, is if you keep it mid-size and keep it for the neighbourhood and the community that you're in. So I think we've created a great little pocket where we are, on 124th Street.

"I think people have a desire to get out and meet their neighbours, and I think food is a really good way to do that."