The Calgary Farmers’ Market is plowing ahead after the city approved a new southwest location for the popular weekend attraction.

City planners gave the new location at 510, 77 Ave. SW the green light after what Calgary Farmers’ Market general manager Ken Aylesworth called a “long but necessary process” that began last year.

“Receiving city approval is a huge milestone. It’s wonderful news and it gives us a long-term home we can now put our focus into,” Aylesworth said.

The market received approval from vendors last year to move the market, but had to get approval from the city and wait for an appeal last month from a local business concerned about parking.

The market has until Nov. 30, 2010 to move out of the current location at the Currie Barracks, which remains open, and Aylesworth expects the new venue to open its doors on Dec. 3.

Gert Lund and Tom Hoven are vendors in the current location, though the two have made public their plans to move ahead with their own market this year at a former Macleod Trail car dealership, and are currently seeking a development permit.