Every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. until Sept. 4, and possibly longer, the little park at the corner of Jubilee Avenue and Osborne Street will be the site of a farmer’s market.
Sonia Lemoine, communications manager at Lord Roberts Community Centre, came up with the idea of holding a vegan farmer’s market at Elva Fletcher Way Park. She presented the idea to other LRCC board members who "loved the idea," Lemoine said.
"The park is an entrance to our community," Lemoine said. "It is an unused space."
Sonia initially wanted to clean the park up and beautify it with new plants. So she organized a rain or shine clean-up for June 14 and announced it on Facebook — and, of course, it poured on June 14.
Despite the weather, people showed up, including a couple of political representatives (James Allum and Jenny Gerbasi). They picked up garbage, pruned plants and planted new plants.
"My hat’s off to them," Lemoine said. "It was raining buckets."
Lemoine had wisely arranged to have the grass in the park cut two days before the community clean-up.
The South Osborne Vegan Farmers’ Market will feature baked goods, produce on an ever-increasing basis and natural skin products, including one that repels mosquitoes.
Yoga, zumba, dance and other fitness classes will be offered at 7 p.m. at no charge.
"It’s great to get the community out, get them being fit and having fun," Lemoine said.
Vendors will soon be listed on the Vegan Market community page on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vegan-Market/290817424415094
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dinner in Elva Fletcher Way Park may be on the table for Thursday evenings in August.
"It’ll be an interesting event," Lemoine said. "We’re really working to revitalize the park and just build up community."
The little park is named for Elva Murray Fletcher, a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy who worked in the communications department of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., during the Second World War. Upon her return to Winnipeg, Fletcher became a journalist and community activist.
"Apparently she is the one who started Jubilee Days, where they used to block off Jubilee for a day (and celebrate)," Lemoine said.
I think Fletcher would have been proud of Lemoine and happy to see the park fill with people this summer.