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Farmers Market at Manitoba Hydro Plaza to feature local produce, products and crafts

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Downtown is about to get even friendlier, fresh, and flavourful this summer with the launch of a farmers market. Theresa Ley-Blue Sky Farm, Margo Malabar, vendor coordinator for the Downtown Biz farmers market, Jomar Manzano, co-chair of the Downtown Community Residence Association, Sachit Mehra-chair of the marketing and events committee Downtown Biz, Tom Janzen, Centerventure , Stefano Grande, Downtown Biz. executive director and counc. Mike Pagtakhan  bite into some fresh food at the Hydro Plaza.

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Downtown is about to get even friendlier, fresh, and flavourful this summer with the launch of a farmers market. Theresa Ley-Blue Sky Farm, Margo Malabar, vendor coordinator for the Downtown Biz farmers market, Jomar Manzano, co-chair of the Downtown Community Residence Association, Sachit Mehra-chair of the marketing and events committee Downtown Biz, Tom Janzen, Centerventure , Stefano Grande, Downtown Biz. executive director and counc. Mike Pagtakhan bite into some fresh food at the Hydro Plaza. Photo Store

Forget casual Fridays. How about farm-fresh Thursdays?

This summer, a Downtown Farmers Market will be held every Thursday, from July 4 to Sept. 4, at the Manitoba Hydro Plaza near Edmonton Street and Graham Avenue.

The market, developed by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ with support from the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba Hydro and CentreVenture, will include a great selection of local produce and crafts, including homemade Mexican salsas, Bavarian pretzels, bison meat, preserves, baked pies, tomatoes, apples, sweet corn, mukluks, and floral photography greeting.

As well, performers from Folklorama, Manito Ahbee, and Studio 393 will entertain market patrons with music, a friendship dance and breakdancing.

"When we purchase local, we are also promoting a sense of place and pride for Winnipeg," said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. "It makes us feel better connected to our community. When we connect with others and value commodities, especially local ones – it creates more opportunities for local business. People want to support sustainably grown products."

The market will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Thursday.

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