Chamber of Commerce farmer’s markets continue to grow in popularity
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
April marked the beginning of farmer’s market season in Sioux Lookout, and the markets have only grown in popularity since.
“The farmers markets have been going amazing so far. We’ve had a really good vendor turn-out and we’ve had really good guest turn-outs as well,” explained Sioux Lookout Chamber of Commerce assistant Kelsey Raynard.
July 6 marked the sixth farmers market of the year, and it was the biggest market to date when it came to the size of the crowd and the number of vendors who participated.
“Today we have 18 vendors and every market has only grown in size. The vendors enjoy it and they say that the people in this community are really nice and welcoming. We have returning customers that remain loyal to their favourite vendors,” explained Raynard.
So far, there’s been one market in April, two markets in May and two in June. The upcoming schedule has one more market in July, three more markets in August and two more in September.
Some changes to this year’s market include the addition of a crossing guard to help people cross the busy street to get to the Travel Information Centre where the markets take place. There’s also a door prize that everyone has a chance to win.
“Some new things that we’re doing this year are we have the crossing guard now to help people across the street. We also have a door prize now. Each vendor contributes something to the door prize and everybody gets a free door prize ballot,” said Raynard.
The group of returning vendors continues to grow at the farmer’s markets. Vendors share that it’s a very friendly atmosphere.
“We’re all friends. We love the out of town vendors because we wouldn’t be much of a market without them,” said Pat from Pat’s Artisan Bread.
She finished with praises for the market location. She said she likes the fact that they’re located at the Travel Information Centre because the busy road gives the market more exposure.
“This is a good site because people coming in and out of town can see that something is going on. It’s a great location," she concluded.
The next market will be on July 20 and guests will have the chance to win a door prize with products from Homegrown Kombucha, Rainy River Elk Meat, homemade bread, and more!