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Are you ready for ‘peak farmers’ market’?
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Are you ready for ‘peak farmers’ market’?

I was editing columns submitted by our community correspondents last week when this piece by East Kildonan correspondent Evan Comstock gave me pause to wonder.

Evan is president of Bronx Park Community Centre and has been co-ordinator of its farmers’ market since 2015, so he filed a story letting readers know the market will return to Bronx Park on Sat., June 4.

Now, I've never been to the Bronx Park Farmers’ Market but I was pleased to read this news. Public gatherings and gathering places were obviously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years and several of the smaller farmers’ markets in Winnipeg and Manitoba chose to either restrict operations or cease altogether in the summers of 2020 and 2021. Which is a shame, because – and this is an entirely unscientific observation – it felt as if we were approaching ‘peak farmers’ market’ before the abrupt disruption wrought by SARS CoV-2. Whiling away an hour or so in the sunshine, buying fresh produce and perusing unique crafts from local growers and artisans is a perfectly wholesome, and therapeutic,way to spend time on summer evenings and weekends.

At the turn of the last century, the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, which began in 1988, was the only game in town in the minds of most Winnipeggers. Other regular farmers’ markets existed outside city limits, but those held in the city were most often one-offs, run in conjunction with community club or neighbourhood festivals and celebrations. Within the past decade, though, I have read and edited stories by our correspondents and reporters about new farmers’ market initiatives (some of which are social welfare projects) popping up all over town.

So, after reading Evan’s column, I did a quick search for the farmers’ markets I was aware of (and discovered some I didn’t know), including the South Osborne Farmers’ Market, the East St. Paul Farmers’ Market, the Transcona BIZ Community Market, the Wolseley Farmers’ Market, the River Heights Farmers’ Market, the Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Market, and the market at FortWhyte Farms.

I’m happy to report that all of these markets either were or are advertising for vendors for the upcoming season, and that all of them aim to be up and running this summer. Their start dates vary, so you should check their individual websites and watch the pages of the Free Press Community Review for updates, but I hope you’ll all take some time to visit a local farmers’ market this summer (if it ever stops raining).

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John Kendle

John Kendle, Managing editor, Canstar Community News

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St.Eugene Garage Sale Fundraiser • St. Eugene Parish, 1009 St. Mary's Rd., May 13, 3 - 7 p.m.; May 14, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Charleswood Broncos Community Market • Charleswood Broncos Football Club, Every Thursday - May 12 - Sept. 29. No admission fee.

Craft & Trade Sale • Khartum Shrine Centre, 1155 Wilkes Ave, Winnipeg, May 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. No admission fee.



Shakey Graves • May 9, 8 p.m., Burton Cummings Theatre. Sold out.

Donovan Woods • May 12, 8 p.m., Burton Cummings Theatre. With Cassidy Mann. Tickets $47.25 at

The Duhks — 20th Anniversary Concert • May 12, 8 p.m., West End Cultural Centre. Tickets $30 plus fees at


Captive • May 13, 7:30 p.m., West End Cultural Centre. Third in a series of Truth and Reconciliation concerts created by Andrew Balfour. Tickets $30 adult, $25 senior, $15 student at

Manitoba Metalfest 2022 • May 13 and 14, 7 p.m., Park Theatre. Day 1: Razor, Exciter, Outre Tombe, Zombie Assault, Regurgitated Guts, Entity. Day 2: Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, Sunless, Inhumed, Perlocution, Murder Capital, Hopscotchbattlescars. Tickets $30 at; $50 for 2-day pass




Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet • Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story • May 11-14, 7:30 p.m.; May 15, 2 p.m., Centennial Concert Hall. Tickets at



Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival • May 14 - June 1, Berney Theatre, Rady Jewish Community Centre (and online). Full program and ticket info at


Manitoba Theatre for Young People • Alice in Wonderland, May 13, 7 p.m.; May 14 and 15, 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets at

Prairie Theatre Exchange • Outside Joke: The Improvised Musical. Until May 22. Tues.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m. Tickets at

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre • The Rez Sisters, RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage. Until May 28. Tues., 7:30 p.m.; Weds., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8:30 p.m. Sun., May 15 and 22, 2 p.m. Tickets at

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