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Fort Macleod Farmer’s Market returns with new time, renewed focus

Doris Davis inspects the Family and Community Support Services display.

Doris Davis inspects the Family and Community Support Services display.

Lee Holfeld prepares rhubarb salsa during a Farm to Table cooking demonstration at Thursday's Farmer's Market.

Lee Holfeld prepares rhubarb salsa during a Farm to Table cooking
demonstration at Thursday’s Farmer’s Market.

Stan Eckstrand of Nanton mans his ‘All Things Llama' booth.

Stan Eckstrand of Nanton mans his ‘All Things Llama’ booth.

People with goods they have made or grown themselves have a ready place to sell their wares in Fort Macleod throughout the summer.
Fort Macleod Farmer’s Market will run from 3-6 p.m. Thursdays at the Fort Macleod Curling Rink.
“I’m trying to promote more homemade, home-grown and home-produced,” market co-ordinator Marion Van Sluys said. “That’s the Farmer’s Market mandate.”
The Farmer’s Market has shifted to its traditional time slot of 3-6 p.m., after moving to 3:30-6:30 p.m. to accommodate people who work until 5 p.m.
Van Sluys said the move to 3:30-6:30 p.m. did not attract more people as it was hoped, resulting only in vendors and organizers working later into the evening for take-down.
“That’s probably the way it will stay,” Van Sluys said of the 3 p.m. start.
The first market of the season was held Thursday, with vendors selling products such as B.C. cherries, baking, crafts and fresh produce.
Stan Eckstrand of Nanton sold a variety of products at his “All Things Llama” table, including llama jerky.
Vendors also sold products such as Tupperware, Scentsy and Watkins.
The Farmer’s Market also has draws for door prizes and there are tables where people can have some refreshments while they visit.
Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services will organize activities for children at the Farmer’s Market.
Van Sluys said if there is enough interest, she will organize a “collectibles” market at which people can sell their goods.
“I wouldn’t mind having a collectibles market,” Van Sluys said. “We used to have two.”
The Farm to Table cooking demonstration returns to the Farmer’s Market.
On Thursday, Lee Holfeld volunteered to show interested people how to make rhubarb salsa.
A community resource fair at which local organizations can promote themselves will be held in conjunction with the final Farmer’s Market of the season on Sept. 17.
Anyone with suggestions for other Farmer’s Market themes is welcome to contact Van Sluys.
“I’m open to suggestions,” Van Sluys said.
To book a booth at an up-coming Farmer’s Market call Marion Van Sluys at 403-553-2610.

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