Christmas comes to Wetaskiwin next Friday!
“We really want to introduce people who haven’t visited the market before to some of the many vendors who set up in the mall year-round,” Pfeil says.
Christmas in July celebrations run from 4 to 8 p.m. July 26 and in addition to many of the regular market vendors, you’ll also find a variety of special guests showcasing terrific gift ideas – the perfect way to get an early start on your holiday shopping! To book a table, contact market manager Stan Morrow at 780-360-1110 or Brandy Pfeil at 780-362-0473.
So much to discover at the market
While the number and variety of regular vendors varies according to the time of year, the busiest weeks have more than 40 vendors who set up shop inside the mall.
Summer also brings a large outside display from vendors Steve & Dan, who share fresh Okanagan fruit, and a food truck sharing summer treats.
Sponsored by the Alberta Agricultural Society, the Wetaskiwin Farmers’ Market has been sharing locally grown, produced and created goods for more than 40 years, setting up shop in the mall on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., year-round.
“We still have a few vendors who have been with us from the very beginning,” Pfeil says.
One of 125 Alberta Approved Farmers’ Markets operating under the Make it, Bake It, Grow It philosophy, 80 per cent of the vendors must fall under those categories, while 20 per cent can be more commercially oriented. In addition to the array of produce, canning, bacon, sausage and other delicious treats, you’ll also find specialty products like hemp-based protein, quilts and craft items.
Come hungry and savour handmade spring rolls grilled right in front of you, then take away fresh or frozen rolls and wonton soup to enjoy at home later!
“It’s quite a good mix of some of the most unique things you can hope to find, mixed with fresh local produce and baking.”
And THAT points to the timeliness of the Christmas in July Farmers Market.
Not only is summer the height of growing season, it’s also just over half-way to Christmas, meaning it’s a great opportunity to get a jump-start on the holiday season with unique, locally made home and gift items.
More vendors welcome
If you’re interested in joining the Wetaskiwin Farmers’ Market for this special event, or to become a regular star vendor, please contact Stan Morrow at 780-360-1110.