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2011 Farmer’s Market goes out ‘with a bang’

Len Tilbe learns about the organic wines that were for sale Thursday at the Fort Macleod Farmer's Market.

The Fort Macleod Farmer’s Market closed out another season Thursday in impressive style.
The addition of the annual community resource fair added interesting displays and attracted a large crowd to the Fort Macleod Curling Club.
“With the community resource fair, we go out with a bang,” Farmer’s Market organizer Marion Van Sluys said with a laugh. “It’s a great way to go out.”
The Farmer’s Market runs from 3-6 p.m. at the Fort Macleod Curling Club every Thursday from mid July to the third week of September.
Exhibitors sell a wide variety of homemade products and distributors also take advantage of the market to sell their goods.
“Every week there was a bigger and better selection,” Van Sluys said.
The Fort Macleod Farmer’s Market in 1991 moved from its traditional location in the old Beaver Lumber building into the Fort Macleod Curling Club.

Folks from local Hutterite colonies brought fresh baking to the Farmer's Market in Fort Macleod.

“It slowly just keeps getting better and better,” Van Sluys said of the Farmer’s Market.
Goods sold at the Farmer’s Market included Taber corn, organic wine, honey, farm fresh eggs, homemade sausage, baking, fresh vegetables, B.C. cherries, sugar-free jams, gluten-free baking and preserves.
Other goods included jewellery, crafts, collectibles and even dog clothing.
Distributors renting tables at the Farmer’s Market included Scentsy, Epicure, Watkins, Avon, Children’s Accessories, Bare Bottom Baby, Usborne Books, Kitchen Essentials, Below the Knee Clothing, Hair Accessories and Oz Energy Juice.
The wide selection of goods being sold this summer attracted good crowds of buyers.
“It’s been pretty good,” Van Sluys said. “We’ve had 150 to 200 people attend every week.”
With the 2011 season just in the books, Van Sluys is looking toward next year.
“We’re always looking for people who are interested in coming next year with their wares,” Van Sluys said.
Van Sluys has been the Farmer’s Market co-ordinator for two decades, and while she is interested in hearing from anyone who might like to take over the job, enjoys the work.
“The people this year have been easy to work with,” Van Sluys said. “I like interacting with the people, seeing the people every week.”