Downtown Farmers’ Market Returns for Spring



Annual farmers’ market offers local eats in the heart of downtown

Downtown Winnipeg – Spring has official sprung with the return of the Downtown BIZ’s popular farmers’ market, which will offer freshly baked empanadas, panzerotti, perogies, vinegars, jams, pastured pork and chicken, home style Mexican salsa, gluten free macaroons, potatoes, bison meat, and preserves. A spring farmers’ market on March 27th from 10AM to 4PM at the Manitoba Hydro Place Gallery is a taste of what’s to come – with a summer market planned all summer long beginning June 5th and continuing every Thursday at Manitoba Hydro Place Plaza until October 9. People can expect new faces under the canopies and behind vendor tables this year, as well as our very loyal farmers returning for another season.

Nestled at Manitoba Hydro, this marketplace has become a hit with the downtown business crowd, residents, and for many, has become a destination and another reason to enjoy the city’s centre. Vendors have trickled in from all parts of Manitoba, bringing with them local produce to feed the downtown masses. Spearheaded by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ with support from Manitoba Hydro, the Downtown Farmers’ Market has had a tremendous impact on the perception of downtown Winnipeg, and has made it a truly exciting place to visit and enjoy. In the coming months, the BIZ plans to invent even more creative events like the farmers’ market to draw people out of their office towers and local neighbourhoods to take over our streets.

“With the absence of a full-line grocery store downtown, perhaps now is the time to think outside the box and into our local gardens, when it comes to food access in our city’s core,” says Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “Farmers’ markets not only help support the local economy, they reduce transportation costs and food waste. They help create a unique destination for downtown residents, office workers, students, and tourists – adding vibrancy to our streets and sidewalks and attracting business for downtown stores and restaurants nearby.”

He added: “When we purchase local, we are also promoting a sense of place – and pride for Winnipeg. It makes us feel better connected to our community. When we connect with others and value commodities, especially local ones – it creates more opportunities for local business.”

According to Farmers’ Markets Canada, farmers’ markets generated $3 billion in economic activity in 2008. There is a demonstrated demand for these markets and for fresh, seasonal and local produce.

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For more information, contact:
Jason Syvixay, Managing Director
(204) 958-4635;