The Cochrane Farmers Market has seen many changes over it's 18 year history.

Cochrane is home to one of the top ten best agricultural markets in Alberta; hundreds of people head to the Cochrane Ranche Historical Park every Saturday morning to pick up the best in made, baked, or grown items.

Valerie McCracken, Market Manager, says besides the Saturday market, a new market is making a monthly appearance.

"What we've started this year is some Thursday street markets, we only do those once a month, we want them to be kind of special. We actually are setting the farmers market up in the heart of historic downtown Cochrane."

 McCracken wanted to create a different vibe between the two, when bringing on the Thursday evening market.

"It has a different feel, it's more an urban kind of setting, so we try to set up an environment that is best for that. So different than what you get on Saturday's."

Much of Saturday's market is geared towards produce and farm direct type products; while those products are still available on Thursday evening, McCracken wanted to create a more artsy feel.

"We've added in more of our artisans, so you are going to see more crafts and handmade things."

McCracken has been managing the market for the past 8 years, and has grown the market from 15-20 vendors to 50-60 vendors every week.

Even though things have changed over time, McCracken says the one constant is how great the customers are.

"I encourage everyone to come out support local, shop local, and eat local."

The next evening street market will occur Thursday July 14, 5-9 pm.