The Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmer’s Market is starting to out-grow its home.
The local farmer’s market will be bigger than ever this year and is starting to push the boundaries of its location on Langdon Crescent.
“We’re getting pretty close to being maxed out at that space,” said Keri Fox, a Moose Jaw Homegrown Market board member who is also a vendor with Green Sister Gardens. “Eventually, we would like to take over all of Langdon if that was possible. We’ll just keep moving down until we’re out of space and then we’ll apply. We could do an L-shape and go down Cordova, but ideally, we would like to be the entire length of Langdon if the City would be OK with it.”
The first Homegrown Farmer’s Market of the year will take place on Saturday, May 25.
“So far we have 14 new vendors who have applied, so we’re pretty excited about that,” Fox said. “Generally (people who apply) are accepted. We have a pretty strict policy about it being hand-made or homegrown. As long as it falls into that criteria… we want the market to be bigger and really serve the needs of everybody in the community. We’re excited about welcoming new vendors if anybody is interested.”
Some of the new vendors will add to the diversity of the produce and products on offer this year as well.
“Something I have seen as a trend and I have noticed from some of the new vendors, like the bakers, are more focusing on the latest health trends, like paleo and those kinds of things,” Fox said. “So we’re seeing vendors who are maybe more health-conscious - if that’s the right word.”
The market will run every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May 25 until early October. The market also runs Wednesday evenings from 5-8 p.m. in July and August.
“The evenings have worked really well for us and people like it, so we’re going to carry that on for sure,” Fox said. “We really liked the entertainment that we had down there last year, so we’re going to try to get some live entertainment.”
If there are artists who are interested in performing during the Wednesday night markets they can get in contact with the Homegrown Market on their web site to get involved.