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Every Friday in the summer, a quaint Farmers’ Market pops up in the parking lot of the Corydon Community Center in River Heights (1370 Grosvenor Ave.).
What started as a business at St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church six years ago has evolved into a full-fledged community effort attracting country vendors and artisans to the neighborhood.
According to Laura Harrison, program coordinator at the Corydon Community Center, the market is full of friendly faces and neighbors who stop to buy produce and meat.
“It’s good to have it here because there are farmers markets all over town, but it’s good because everyone is walking or cycling because it’s near their home and they take what they need and see their friends, ”Harrison said.
“It brings the community into the community center, which is why we are here.”
On average, there are between 9 and 13 vendors plus a busker at the market every Friday between noon and 5 p.m., weather permitting. The market is focused on food with vegetables, meat and bread for sale, but also has artisans and florists.
Volunteers from St. Andrew’s River Heights United started the market six years ago and ran the weekly event until this year. Most of the management tasks are now transferred to the community center.
The market was a spinoff from the church’s holiday green fair which sold eco-friendly gift items during the holiday season.
“It was great, but then other organizations started doing such events so there was more competition and it was also just once a year,” said Barbara Coombs, St. Andrew’s member. River Heights United and Market Volunteer.
Coombs said the church wanted to continue its outreach activities and connected with the community center to host a market on its grounds.
“So we had a chat with them about it and they were very excited and the market gradually developed and I think it’s now part of the neighborhood,” she said.
Between 200 and 400 people pass through the market every Friday, Harrison said.
Church volunteers always have a role to play in the marketplace, tracking attendance and welcoming people.
“The church takes a step back as proud parents and the community center takes over the coordination,” Coombs said. “I think it will be really good because I think it’s something that fits very well with the community center.”
The last day of the River Heights Farmer’s Market is September 25 and is part of Manitoba Culture Days.