By Kassidy Christensen
Although the rain fell and it’s not quite the right season, the High River Downtown Business Association and participating vendors put on the first farmer’s market of the year last Thursday, having it wind through the side streets of downtown High River.
In previous years the market has been held inside the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Center, but this year the responsibility of running the market was passed on to the DBA.
Dee Green, market organizer, said the main intention for moving the location is to get more people involved with the town’s downtown core.
“The downtown core is the heart of a community, which is why we’re raising awareness about it so people keep coming down.
“We have a beautiful downtown, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be showing it off,” she said.
The market has been held in the town of High River for many years and hosts a wide variety of local vendors. Fruits and vegetable vendors make up most of the market when in season, but local businesses are encouraged to join the market to turn a profit as well.
“We’re also going to try and get some local art down here, like buskers, performers, stuff like that,” said Green.
All proceeds are going towards running the market, but some discounted rates and free tables are being offered in a way to give back to the community.
“It’s not all about making money, it’s about getting people to come downtown. We’re trying to keep it alive,” said Green.
Vendors were pleased with the turn out despite the weather and residents of High River braved the elements to check out what the market had to offer.
Jaimie Nelson, one of the owners of Highwood Valley Ranch, brought family members to help sell the antibiotic and hormone free beef her and her husband raise on their farm outside High River.
“I would say we had a little less than average in terms of visitors, we still did quite well and we were really happy with the results, the exposure helped,” said Nelson.
The market runs every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. through the streets of downtown High River. Stay tuned for announcements on special events, more vendors and fresh summer fruits and veggies that will be coming to the market.