Market puts local producers in limelight
Locals check flower at the downtown farmer's market in Camrose on Thursday June 22, 2017. File photo/Camrose Canadian
Local producers will be filling up downtown this evening and every Thiursday for the rest of summer with the opening of the Downtown Market.
This will be the third year for the market which sets up shop on 49 Avenue between 50 and 51 Street.
With the push for staying more local, the market is an easy step to that for those looking to buy produce, baking, or other manufacutred goods. It is also an opportunity for people to meet the people producing those goods.
"(Producers) get to be in the limelight right in the face of the people walking down the street who might never see them or find them," said market manager Ken Rohr. "The market has a good following, lots of traffic through the market, lots of people and lots of new vendors all the time that keeps the traffic up."
Many of the local favourites will be back this year but there will also be a few new vendors as well, including the Norseman Brewery selling growlers of beer and Alberta wineries selling their wine.
"We're a make it, bake it market or grow it, so it has to be home-based, or locally produced or grown in the province," said Rohr.
There are 50 stalls available for each market though vendors can book multiple stalls for their stand. Their will be more than 30 vendors at the first market of the year and there are a few stalls available for each of the markets this year. Vendors can begin selling when the bell goes at 4:30 p.m. and will stay open until 7:30 p.m. The final market of the year is Sept. 27.
For more information about becoming a vendor, email Rohr at firstname.lastname@example.org.