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Fort Macleod Farmer’s market wraps another successful season

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Irene Kudelik, Janet Tilbe and Cheryl Sundquist of the Order of the Royal Purple promoted the organization to people attending the Community Resource Fair.

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Garry Wakely visits with one of the vendors at the final Farmer’s Market.

The Fort Macleod Farmer’s market closed out another season Thursday.
Co-ordinator Marion Van Sluys said the weekly markets at the curling rink continue to be popular.
“It’s been a great season,” Van Sluys said.
The Farmer’s Market season runs each year from July to September.
Vendors each week display a wide variety of products, including fresh produce, baking, crafts and food.
Distributors also rent tables to sell products such as Scentsy and Princess House.
This year Fort Macleod Food Matters arranged demonstrations each week by volunteers.
The volunteers prepared fresh food and distributed recipes and samples to an audience that continued to increase in numbers throughout the summer.
“The food session has really helped to draw people in,” Van Sluys said.
The Food Matters group was formed in January to promote the benefits of eating fresh, locally grown food.
The final Farmer’s Market coincided with the annual Community Resource Fair organized by Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).
A number of organizations and agencies took advantage of the chance to set up displays to promote their services and activities.
The Order of the Royal Purple, Empress Theatre Society, Fort Macleod Hospital Auxiliary and Allied Arts were on hand to promote their activities and recruit members.
Alberta Health Services was also represented by representatives of the volunteer resource, public health and rural mental health departments.
Fort Macleod Life Care Society, Brain Injury Relearning Services, the Canadian Red Cross, Parents As Teachers, McMann Rural FASD Lifespan, Money Mentors, Rosewood Villa and Service Canada also had displays.
The Fort Macleod Housing Committee also set up a display for its program.