Vermilion’s first Farmer’s Market of the year was hosted yesterday at the Elk’s Hall.
Farmer’s Market manager Dawn Riley said the same guidelines will be in effect and March 30, and April 1 will be Easter-themed markets.
“Everyone is excited – most of the regulars are back and there are some new vendors this year as well,” said Riley.
“To me, the Farmer’s Market is the cottage industries, canning, knitting, wood working, handmade jewellery all in one room.”
She said the next generation isn’t learning how to sew or knit, so the cottage industries are somewhat dying, but the products are made to last.
To be certified with Alberta Agriculture, a farmer’s market can only have so many commercial businesses. She said 80 per cent have to be baked, grown, homemade, etc. while only 20 per cent can be commercial. In Vermilion there are currently 18 permanent spots and four floating tables.
“The benefit of a Farmer’s Market is that you are supporting your neighbour, and the people in your community,” said Riley.
Vermilion Farmer’s Markets will continue from now until just before Christmas, Tuesdays from 10 am – 2 pm and Thursdays from 4 – 7 pm.