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Crossfield Farmer’s Market ready for new season

The Crossfield Farmer’s Market is ready to cut the ribbon on a new season and new location June 7 at the Crossfield Community Centre parking lot.
Over the table
The Crossfield Farmer’s Market lets farmers sell their fresh food straight to the community. A beer garden and the Market Buds Program will help flesh out the market.

The Crossfield Farmer’s Market is ready to cut the ribbon on a new season and new location June 7 at the Crossfield Community Centre parking lot. The new location allows for expansion after the market outgrew Banta Park in just two years, said Cheryl Shea, the market’s marketing manager. Also new this year – beer. The Special Market Garden is a beer garden, bringing local craft brews for attendees to enjoy while tasting the yummy menus from different food trucks found around the market. The Special Market Garden will be open on select market days only: June 7, June 28, Aug. 16 and Sept. 27. Alberta Farmers’ Market Association (AFMA) approved craft brewer’s products at markets last summer, and Shea said the adult beverages were a big hit – not just for customers, but for vendors, as well. “They’re fabulous people to have around, and they’re very passionate about what they do. They’re true artisans,” she said of the craft brewers. Shea added the rising popularity of local brewers is part of the same wave of people who are showing support for local farmers. “I think people are more invested in what they’re eating, who they’re buying it from,” she said. This is also the impetus for the Market Buds Program which, along with AFMA, is aimed at teaching five- to 12-year-olds about local food. “We’re trying to educate that not all food comes out of a grocery store,” Shea said. “It’s people that are working very, very hard to put organic and clean vegetables and fruits out in the sector.” The weekly Market Buds activities will be held every Thursday in conjunction with the market. Additionally, the market will have different games throughout the season, allowing attendees to compete against friends and neighbours. Shea also encourages buskers to come and contribute their music to the atmosphere. The market is open every Thursday June 7 to Sept. 27 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Crossfield Farmer's Market Facebook.

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