Farmer’s Market keeps rolling out the goods

Located beside the Banana at Market Square on Front Street, the Farmer’s Market is now one month into the season. Every Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon is the place to be for a lot of good reasons. After a successful opening night on Tuesday, June 26 with a huge crowd enjoying live music and the kid’s activity table, many took advantage of the BBQ put on by the 2019 grads as well of course walking around to see what this year’s many vendors have to offer. Each winner of the $15 market coupons was Linda Schroeder and Sandi Wheelans. They can use their winnings to shop at the market throughout the season. The next raffle will be held during the week of August 7 and on the last two weeks of the season (Sept 25 and Oct 2).

At the market, there is something there for everyone’s taste including fresh vegetables, berries, baked goods, local farm raised meats, teas, jams, beauty products and gift items. You will find on the majority of Tuesday nights in July and August a BBQ run by a variety of organizations fundraising such as Melita School Undergrads, Galaxy Lanes Bowling Alley, and the Banana Days Committee. You also won’t want to miss games held by the Antler River Recreation on August 21 with foam blocks, been bag games, bubbles and more.

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Vendors registered for the complete season so far include Food Ethos Farm, Bar Y Meats, Dawn Kilfoyle, Firecones by Marcus, Heathers Craft Tea Life, Louise Dekeyser, Yvonne Jones, Maria Synder, Marshal and Darlyne Teetaert, Terri Goleski, Shawna Jordan, Monarch Homestead and Farm Sweet Farm. Any interested vendors are welcome with a charge of $30 for the whole season or $10 to drop in. The season goes until October 4. So far, there has only been one young entrepreneur who is trying out the special market fee rate of $2, and they are hoping to encourage more kids to participate. Buskers are free to join and visitors will sure to appreciate having some live music playing in the background while they shop and eat at the market.

Economic Development Officer Iris Vercaigne of the Town of Melita is really excited about the future of the Farmer’s Market. “Future plans for the market involve getting the group organized as a non-profit board in time for the 2019 season. This is also envisioned to include non-vendors or community members who share the same passion for having a local farmer’s market in the area.” She added that in the 2017 and 2018 seasons, the Town of Melita helped in expanding the range of promotional activities, streamlining the registration process, applying for permits, and setting market guidelines in accordance with Manitoba Health. “With some best practices and some areas to improve on, the planned new non-profit board will be equipped with a guide on how to grow, continue, and improve the succeeding market seasons.”

For more info about the market or if you are interested in becoming a vendor or busker, contact Iris Vercaigne at 204-522-3413, melitadev@hotmail.com.

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