LETHBRIDGE -- Exhibition Park, in partnership with the Downtown Business Revitalize Zone (BRZ), will launch their 12th annual downtown Farmers' Market is just a few weeks.
Located in Festival square, at 3rd Avenue and 6th street, the market will operate from 10:00-am to 3:00-pm every Wednesday, from July 4 to September 5.
Exhibition Park spokesman, Doug Kryzanowski, says the market grew from a specific need.
"It precipitated when the IGA downtown closed and there was no immediate grocery for the downtown core to come to. We started with six vendors and we're happy to announce that we've got 19 vendors starting on Wednesday, July the 4th - so over those years, it's grown from one side of the street to both sides of the street, and we probably need a little more space, because of the new parking system downtown here."
Kryzanowski noted that the endeavor has been touched by great weather most years, with only four wind or rain-outs in over a decade.
As for the vendors who will be present at the downtown market, Kryzanowski said they have15 returning right now, four are new, but last year, they rotated between 25 and 30 vendors.
However, he says they will also take more vendors, if hey have the space.
"We do need more handcraft vendors, to bring up our 80-per cent of the rules we have to go by through the Alberta Farmers' Market Government Association, but, as we move forward, I'm sure we'll get to 25 to 30 [vendors]."
Kryzanowski pointed our that not every vendor will attend every week, depending on their product, but there is a good rotation and selection merchandise.
The downtown market caters to those who live and work in city centre and accommodates about 700 customers every week.
Applications are also being taken for the Community Table, which offers a free table for non-profit groups.
The Saturday Farmers' Market at Exhibition Park takes place every Saturday from mid-May until October 27, from 8:00-am to 1:00-pm. All Farmers' Market inforamtion is online at www.exhibitionpark.ca
Returning vendors for the Downtown market include: A Bit of This and a Bit of That; Armada Farms; Broxburn Vegetables Ltd; Bruce Mason's Beef Jerky; Carolyn’s Fry bread Tacos; Forever Bee; Huber Farms; Jami Jewelry & Accessories; JR Watkins; New Rockport Farming Co. Ltd; Noble Baking; Stina’s Beauty; SeyYes Clothing; The Local Soap Company and Walkers Own Produce
New vendors are:
Born to be Wired; Blossoms, Blooms and Bouquets; Meadow Creek Sausage and Meat Ltd. and Theoretically Brewing
Casual Vendor: Psychedelic Space Crafts
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