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High River Farmer’s Market, bigger and better than ever

STORY BY PAUL KRAJEWSKI

The High River Farmer’s Market is set to return for another summer and will bring vendors, entertainers and exhibitors from High River and the surrounding region to the
historic downtown.

The market will run every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. starting on June 16 and ending on September 29 and will occur on Fourth Avenue SW.

Orvella Small, executive director of Foothills SNAPS, said the market will feature an assortment of vendors specializing in fruits and vegetables, clothing, arts and crafts, custom jewellery, treats and sweets and various foods.

“The farmer’s market provides an opportunity for the community to (meet) on one street to do their shopping and enjoy the food,” Small said. “It also expands the opportunities for shopping. It gets those home businesses out into the public so that people know who is here and available in the community.”

Along with hosting upwards of 40 vendors, she said the market will provide entertainers and exhibitors space to perform and display their work.

This is only the second year SNAPS has organized the market, but Small said this year is going to be better
than ever.

“It was very exciting for us to take it on; we didn’t have a whole lot of experience with it, but we felt we did a really good job and we’ve had nothing but good feedback on last year, so we are just going to do it bigger and
better,” she added.

Small said the location is perfect as it provides access to George Lane Memorial Park, the river valley along with other downtown businesses.

“The street is going to be such a great place to have the market on because people can sit and enjoy a snack or have their supper out in the elements,” she added.

Small said the Farmer’s Market can bring in upwards of 500 people. She said charities and non-profit groups and organizations can host booths at the market for free.

“Anyone who is involved with a charity or a not-for-profit that has something going on, we welcome them into the market for no charge,” Small explained.

For more information on the market, visit the High River Farmer’s Market Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HRFARMERSMARKET.

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