South Osborne Market is well worth a visit

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This article was published 22/07/2019 (1167 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

With our four-season climate, extreme conditions and temperatures, the city can seem like a very different place in the summertime.

It’s like everyone has come out of hibernation. The sights and sounds of everyday life have returned, with people out and about, active, vibrant, animated. Backyard gatherings and barbecues. People sitting out on their front steps, going for walks. Opportunities to greet and chat with neighbours are more frequent. It’s nice, isn’t it?

Like many other neighbourhoods in the city, Lord Roberts has its share of treasures and fun things to do. One of my favourite things is to visit the South Osborne Market.

Sou'wester The South Osborne Market, running every Wednesday evening at Lord Roberts CC, is a wonderful place to pick up the fixings for a fresh lunch or dinner.

The market, back for its fourth year, runs every Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. until Sept. 25. The weekly outdoor market located at the outdoor rink north of the Lord Roberts Community Centre (725 Kylemore Ave.), features over 40 food and craft vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, live music, local beer and all kinds of other really neat things.

On my stroll over there last week, I discovered vegan jerky made by Plant Power Food Company, which for me is life-changing.

The high protein, gluten-free snack comes in a variety of flavours but I was most impressed with the sriracha jerky, which has a lovely kick to it. I also picked up some super-fresh, crunchy and delicious green onions, beets and kale from the Natural Collective CSA, and some sweet potato and jalapeno perogies from Amanda Lynn Gluten Free Perogies. There’s a long list of vendors offering home-made items from soap to cider, flower bouquets, free-range meats and countless other good things guaranteed to improve one’s quality of life in big and small ways.

The market is also a perfect place to chat with others, learn new things about what’s happening in the neighbourhood and appreciate what we as Winnipeggers really do appreciate, which is time outside under a big blue sky on a hot summer day. There’s even a beer garden, so the opportunity is there to enjoy a cold one with friends and neighbours. I haven’t done that yet but hope to before market season ends in the fall.

This year, there’s also a brand new speaker series, Chew on This, in which a variety of local food experts, activists and champions give informal mini-lectures followed by a community discussion.

The South Osborne Market is a community event and is open to all, including dogs. For more information, check out www.farmfreshfoodhub.ca

Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for South Osborne.

Janine LeGal

Janine LeGal
St. Boniface community correspondent

Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for St. Boniface who also writes the These Old Houses column for our Community Homes section.

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