October 23rd, 2020

Market done for season


By Bobinec, Greg on October 28, 2019.

Herald photo by Greg Bobinec
A young princess and her mother shop through the tiny handmade purses and collect halloween candy at the last Lethbridge Farmers Market of the year Saturday afternoon. @GBobinecHerald

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald

gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com

With the frost and chilly wind entering southern Alberta, the final Farmers’ Market of the season came to an end this weekend with people stocking up on the last of fresh local produce and handmade items.

The Lethbridge Farmers’ Market primarily focuses on providing a space for local handmade entrepreneurs and crafters, along with local agriculture to sell their products in a one-stop-shopping space for people to shop through. Organizers of the weekly market say it was a busy season for them and they were happy to see new casuals apply and try out the market.

“The Farmers Market season has been fantastic, it has been really good this year,” says Lisa Ludwig, event co-ordinator with Exhibition Park. “We have had a lot more casuals apply this year and so that has been a really fantastic thing for us because we are getting new people in and testing it out and seeing what the market is all about.”

Many of the vendors spend endless hours growing, creating or building their products for people to buy and find the market a good space for them to get exposure to the community. Ludwig says the Farmers’ Market enjoys getting new vendors from the community to switch it up a bit every year and to give more local businesses some exposure.

“Our Farmers Market focuses on handmade, you have to be handmade mostly to come into this market so we really want to encourage those who are handmade to come and try out the market,” says Ludwig.

Every weekend throughout the summer and fall the market was open to the public and for only one or two weekends, because of the early snow, some produce wasn’t available. Apart from the minor setback, thousands of people took to the market every week and for the final weekend, children were able to celebrate Halloween early with their special Halloween Market.

“Throughout the year, we had 25 markets in total and we would generate between two and three thousand people coming in every week,” says Ludwig. “This weekend, we are having a Halloween-themed market, so we have got some creepy kids crafts, a Halloween selfie booth, candy handout, and we have a costume parade.”

As the seasons change, the Lethbridge Farmers’ Market vendors packed up their booths for the season and began planning the types of products they would like to sell for next years market. The Farmers’ Market will return to Lethbridge Mothers’ Day Weekend.

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