Annual tradition

The annual Market at Red Deer is set to begin this weekend and it is a sure sign that spring is here to stay. Many look forward to the start of the farmers’ market, as it has become a long-standing tradition over the years in the City.

Thousands of people from all over Central Alberta and beyond head down to the Pidherney Curling Centre parking lot weekend after weekend during the season to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells that the farmers’ market provides.

The Market runs each Saturday morning until the Thanksgiving long weekend. It takes place rain or shine.

Unique treasures and gifts can be found at the Market and there is surely something for everyone. Patrons can find everything from baked goods as well as fruits and vegetables, to artisans, woodworking, clothing and bedding plants, to a variety of crafts – many of the booths being local vendors.

There are also activities for kids in the form of bouncy castles, face painting and balloon animals.

This year, the Market will play host to a tarot card reader/soothsayer, as well.

A number of musicians also use the venue to offer entertainment for passers-by. And food trucks are starting to pop up at the farmers’ market to offer their selection of unique cuisine as well, making the Market experience that much more fun.

For many, the farmers’ market is a social event as well. Often when perusing through the aisles, familiar faces can be seen all around. It’s a great opportunity to grab a coffee and not only check out some favourite vendors, but it’s also an opportunity to reconnect with community members and old friends, too.

The Market has certainly grown since its beginnings 44 years ago. With only a handful of vendors to start, the Market now boasts close to 300 vendors during any given Saturday over the course of the season – many of whom have continued to expand themselves and who have been coming back to the Market at Red Deer year after year.

We are fortunate in Red Deer to have a farmers’ market as successful as this one. So it’s time to get out, support the vendors and have some fun along the way – especially if you haven’t been before – you will be amazed at the atmosphere

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