The Wakamow Farmer's Market wrapped up another successful season this past weekend.
This was the third year for the market, which ran Saturday mornings rain or shine from May 27 to Sept. 9 in Kiwanis River Park.
The market offered a variety of vendors selling everything from woodworking, jewelry, beef, baking, vegetables, plants, and much more. There were also several food trucks on site.
"I feel our market was very good this year," said Donna MacQuarrie-Bye, general manager of the Wakamow Valley Authority. "It's starting to plateau over the last couple of years. We've had about 25 to 30 vendors on average every week and our attendance has been around 700 to 1,000 (per Saturday)."
She notes the weather was wonderful this summer, with only one bad weekend.
There were about a half dozen new vendors this year. MacQuarrie-Bye says they have a core group of about 20 which show up faithfully every week. There are roughly 75 vendors on a grand list which rotate in and out.
Breann Hutchinson was one of the first-time vendors at the market this year. She operates Muddy Acre Farms along with her mom, dad, and daughter. The group makes the drive in from Viceroy, SK which is about an hour and fifteen minutes south of Moose Jaw.
"It's been busy," said Hutchinson. "Lots of people have been coming down. It's definitely picked up from the beginning."
Muddy Acre Farms currently operates one hydroponic greenhouse but is looking to increase that number to four next year. They grow garlic, potatoes, jalapenos, mini-bells, tomatoes, and cucumbers with honey also available for sale.
Hutchinson noted it was a challenging growing season.
"It's been a trial and error for sure between the drought and the grasshoppers. We've definitely had some struggles but we've been making it work for sure."
The crew is planning on returning to the Wakamow Farmer's Market next year.
MacQuarrie-Bye said the second weekend in September seemed to be the perfect time to wrap things up, as the focus now shifts towards the Valley of Lights.
Organizers have been discussing the possibility of running an indoor market next year during the fall months.
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