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Amy Yonda of the Wellness Institute at the Seven Oaks Hospital.

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A trio of farmers markets are getting ready to sprout up for the summer in northwest Winnipeg.
On Fri., July 5, the Main Street Farmers Market will open its bounty to the community as it celebrates its fifth birthday.

"We want people to come out and see what the market is like," said Melissa McDonald, food security and greening assistant at the North End Food Security Network (NEFSN), which organizes the market.

The market, which began in 2009, will run every Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Neechi Commons at 865 Main St. It will feature a range of produce grown in local community gardens and by North End gardeners, along with a host of products made by aboriginal jewellers and artists.

It’s the second year the market will operate next to Neechi, which will be also be selling a range of its produce, McDonald said.

"We’re trying to promote local products and services in the North End," McDonald said.

"Our goal is to improve the health of North End residents."

The market is always accepting new vendors, buskers and entertainers, said McDonald. There is no cost to join, but those interested are required to register with NEFSN, McDonald added.

Tables are first-come, first-served, she said.

The market saw more than 60 people each day last year, said McDonald.

The market runs until Sept. 20.

For more, call 204-927-2342.

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To those looking for the market at the West Kildonan Memorial Community Centre this year: it’s been moved to the Scoops parking lot at Main and Jefferson.

The West Kildonan Community Farmers’ Market kicks off Sat., July 6, said organizer Vickie Banera.

"We have decided to spread our wings in order to make our market more visible to our neighbours," said Banera. "The community values, friendly, casual atmosphere are still the same."

The market averages about 12 vendors, including stained glass crafters, bakers, and those selling cooking and cleaning products, and spices. The market also offers tables to any charitable organization, Banera said.

The market is always looking for new vendors, and Banera said she is hoping to land some West Kildonan talent willing to busk for and entertain the crowds. The market runs each Saturday from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. until Sept. 1. For more, email wkmcc_programs@hotmail.com or call 204-334-6233.

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Those looking to keep healthy after being discharged from the hospital can find all they need when the Wellness Institute Farmers’ Market opens at Seven Oaks Hospital on July 16.

Organizer Amy Yonda says the market has 10 confirmed vendors, offering products that include gluten-free and nut-free treats, produce from Steinbach, Epicure and Pampered Chef products, and a variety of salsas, dog treats and canned goods.

Located on the hospital campus and providing everything from aqua fitness and to nutrition counselling, adding a farmers market was a natural fit for the institute.

"Because people mostly at our facility have good health and stay healthy, (the market) allows them the opportunity, while at the gym or work, to take local produce home with them," Yonda said.

The market will take place Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the centre at 1075 Leila Ave. It closes Sept. 24.

Visit www.wellnessinstitute.ca or call 204-632-3935.

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