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Every Friday this summer, a quaint farmers’ market has popped up in the parking lot of Corydon Community Centre’s River Heights location (1370 Grosvenor Ave.).
What started out as a venture by St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church six years ago has evolved into a full out community effort bringing in vendors from the countryside and artisans from the neighbourhood.
According to Laura Harrison, program co-ordinator at the Corydon Community Centre, the market is full of friendly faces and neighbours stopping by for produce and meats.
"It’s nice to have it here because there are farmers’ markets everywhere through the city, but it’s nice because everyone just walks or bikes over because it’s close to home and they grab what they need and see their friends," Harrison said.
"It makes the community come into the community centre, which is what we’re here for."
On average, there are between nine and 13 vendors plus a busker at the market every Friday between noon and 5 p.m., weather permitting. The market is focused on food with veggies, meats and breads for sale but also has artisans and florists participating.
Volunteers from St. Andrew’s River Heights United started the market six years ago and have organized the weekly event up until this year. Most of the management duties have now shifted to the community centre.
The market was a spin-off of the church’s holiday green fair that sold environmentally friendly gift items during the holiday season.
"That was very nice, but then other organizations started having such events so there was more competition and it was also just once a year," said Barbara Coombs, a member of St. Andrew’s River Heights United and volunteer with the market.
Coombs said the church wanted to continue its outreach and connected with the community centre to host a market in its lot.
"So we chatted with them about it and they were very keen and the market gradually grew and I think it’s become part of the neighbourhood now," she said.
Between 200 and 400 people drop by the market every Friday, Harrison said.
Volunteers from the church still have a role in the market, keeping track of attendance and greeting people.
"The church is stepping back as proud parents and the community centre is taking on the co-ordination," Coombs said. "I think it will be really good because I think it’s something that ties in really nicely with the community centre."
The final day for the River Heights Farmers’ Market is Sept. 25 and is part of Culture Days Manitoba.
Danielle Da Silva
Danielle Da Silva is a general assignment reporter.