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Farmers market coming to East Kildonan
A new farmers market is set to open in East Kildonan next week.
The Concordia Farmers Market will operate out of the parking lot of Concordia Place at 1100 Concordia Ave. The market is an initiative of Concordia Hospital’s wellness committee.
Concordia Farmers Market will include 10 vendors and operate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 28, July 26, Aug. 23, and Sept. 20
Lori Orchard, a wellness consultant with Concordia Hospital, said the committee originally wanted to provide more healthy options to the staff but quickly realized the community could benefit from the initiative as well.
"We thought bringing local healthy options to the staff while they’re working would be a great initiative to start," she said.
"Then it grew from there. We also want to offer that opportunity to our community."
Orchard said vendors will be selling everything from jams, jellies and honey to herbs, produce and body lotions.
"So far there’s a really nice variety," Orchard said.
Barb Harder, who operates Barb’s Kitchen with her husband Henry, will be one of the vendors taking part in the market.
Harder said they will be offering items such as pre-baked empanadas, flavoured noodles, and perogies.
"Lori phoned us and invited us. I guess she saw us at the St. Norbert market where we’re on our 12th year," Harder said.
"Markets are exciting. There are great customers, and you get to be outside. It’s kind of addicting."
Betty Jagodnik, owner of Grammie’s Jams, Jellies & Preserves, said she enjoys attending markets and giving the community different options.
"I think there’s a lot of value of returning to the products grandma used to make with no chemicals that have names you can’t pronounce," Jagodnik said.
Orchard said it was important for the committee to offer the market to the community.
"We’re keeping it local, so we’re supporting local farmers, crafters, and producers," Orchard said.
"Usually when you’re doing it local you usually have healthier alternatives. Everything will be homemade and have some organic sources, so it’s a healthier option."
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