Every Saturday throughout the summer months in Swift Current, the downtown area at Market Square is packed with shoppers and vendors.
Five years ago, community members and the city of Swift Current decided to hold a farmers’ market. Bringing in producers, growers and entrepreneurs from the southwest corner of the province, 40-60 vendors participate every week. With more than 1,000 visitors coming out on the weekend, the market has been a huge success.
Sarah Galvin, a columnist for the Western Producer and fellow blogger, prepares a variety of baked goods to sell at the market. From pies to cinnamon buns, hers is not a table to miss. Most popular are her Saskatoon berry and white chocolate scones which I had the pleasure of taste-testing myself.
Brenda Epp from Prairie Field Honey has expanded her family-run honey business and sells honey, candles, beeswax and wedding favors at the market. With eight different sites totaling 200 hives that produce about 40,000 pounds of honey, Epp credits the market for her family’s business success
Wandering the Market Square, I also enjoyed listening to music from local artists like country music singer Becky Neustaeter. Performers are often booked in advance but there’s always the opportunity for a musician or singer to get up on stage for a little un-planned jam session.
The Sundrops, a group of four talented siblings between the ages of 9-13, also performed. Playing a variety of instruments as well as singing, they have been playing since 2013 and have performed alongside popular artists like George Canyon and Ricky Skaggs.
The market is a family-friendly place that has several events and activities for children as well. There is a bouncy castle, wagon rides and often a petting zoo for kids to enjoy. A number of special events also occur throughout the season such as a Star Wars-themed day for enthusiasts to dress as their favourite characters as well as a ‘show and shine’ on September 19.
The Market Square is the perfect way to bring southwestern Saskatchewan together to celebrate both local businesses and talent within the community.