Hosted by the Stettler & District Agricultural Society, this year’s rendition of the Stettler Farmers’ Market is well underway.
The markets are held each Tuesday outside of the Society’s facility from 4 to 7 p.m.
From 3 to 4 p.m. the market does open specifically for seniors or anyone with a compromised immune system and those with disabilities.
This year’s first event was a big success, explained Marj Savage, who serves as market manager along with Alana Weaver.
“We had a really awesome day! We should have counted the cars because it was really a steady stream,” she said, adding the market can’t be held in the Agri-plex as it normally would because of social distancing rules in place. Instead, it’s being held outdoors.
”It’s also better having it outdoors because people just driving by realize the market has started! Sometimes, when they saw vehicles at the Agri-plex they would wonder why – they may have not recognized that there is a market.
“But honestly right up until 7 p.m. it was busy.
“We also do have to watch the public to make sure there is no over-crowding,” she said, adding there are also plans to hold a few markets at other sites in town occasionally to further help promote locally-grown produce and such. “Everyone recognizes the spacing for sure. We gave everyone lots of room.
“We have to ensure everybody’s safety,” she said, adding that the vendors also brought along extra helpers to ensure public safety protocols were followed, too.
“Everyone is very conscious of following the rules because obviously they want it to continue – they don’t want there to be any issues. It was good. And it was a beautiful day.
“Everyone did really well, and I believe there were three (vendors) who completely sold out. All of the vendors were really pleased with the turnout – it went really, really well.”
Meanwhile, under the direction of Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Farmers’ Market Association the farmers’ market will be only open to vendors who fit the following criteria – according to Farmers Market Specialist Eileen Kotowich, “Businesses engaged in the retail and wholesale sale of food, pet food and supplies, and household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences and businesses, including grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, markets and other similar retailers.”
Savage also noted that currently, they aren’t allowed to have a concession running or entertainment.
For more information about the Stettler Farmers’ Market, find them on Facebook at ‘Stettler Farmers’ Market’ or you can email email@example.com.