A major move is happening for the Battlefords and District Farmers’ Market.
Starting May 18, the farmer’s market will be located at the Living Faith Chapel parking lot, across from Central Park and the library.
It is a major change from their longtime location in the Carousel Bingo lot across from SaskTel on 100th Street, where they were located for some 25 years.
The new location will be larger, but the main advantage will be the surrounding amenities.
According to the farmers’ market manager, Alanna Priel, the idea is for patrons to “take advantage of the park and the library there, so it kind of makes it more of an event.”
The idea is to encourage more families to come down to the location and make a day of it in the park, rather than simply pick up items and then leave. Priel also pointed to the potential for tie-ins to Living Faith Chapel’s efforts with the “Better Together” community initiative.
The farmer’s market will run Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The season runs from now until Thanksgiving in October, weather permitting.
As for vendors, the focus is on “keeping the market authentic in that you must make it, bake it or grow it,” said Priel.
A number of new vendors are coming on board in addition to returning ones, she said. Normally around a dozen regular vendors show up, though Priel says there is room to grow.
She anticipates it will be a bit slow to start at the new location, but expects business to pick up into the summer months.