Farmers market is a social event for patrons

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With the trend toward healthy eating and the rising popularity of local diets, farmers’ markets are more popular than ever. An important part of the province’s growing alternative-agriculture sector, Alberta has more than 115 approved farmers’ markets, including 18 year round, which offer a variety of high-quality, locally-produced items.

Farmers’ markets offer consumers the opportunity to directly meet the producers and learn how products are made, baked, or grown.

More than 3,000 vendors offer a variety of products at Alberta’s farmers’ markets including:

• vegetables of different varieties

• locally grown fruit, meat (fresh or frozen)

• eggs

• honey

• bedding plants

• fresh flowers

• baking

• processed food products

• artisan products

• one-of-a-kind crafts

All approved farmers’ markets display the Sunny Girl logo, indicating at least 80 per cent of the vendors produce their products within Alberta.

Rimbey’s Farmers’ Market is a happening place to be this summer, open every Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. until Oct. 8 at Pas-Ka-Poo Park, said manager Gayle Rondeel.

“It’s a great reason to get up on a Saturday morning.”

The market is a wonderful place to purchase fresh vegetables and fruit and delicious home-cooked baking.

The market also offers a variety of quality merchandise, crafts, toys, gifts, meats, pottery, painting, honey, homewares, bedding plants and more.

Rondeel said about five young vendors have joined the regular group this year.

“The kids are all professional and doing very well. I’m very proud of them.”

Youth under 12 have free tables, she added.

Rondeel said Rimbey’s Farmers’ Market is off to a fantastic start this year with regular vendors coming back and newcomers ready to come on board.

“It’s a great social event,” she said. “A great community event for the Town of Rimbey.”