Five Reasons to Visit St. Norbert Farmers' Market Through the Fall

Summer may sadly (and suddenly) be behind us, but thankfully there’s a lot to love about fall.

Breathtaking colours, the crunch of leaves and chunky knit sweaters. Soul-warming comfort food and sweet steamy beverages. Apple picking, pumpkin carving and getting lost in corn mazes. And, of course, the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market.

While it may best be known as a summer hot spot, Manitoba’s favourite market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday between Oct. 13 and Dec. 22. Beyond that, it will run every other week until spring.

But the market’s limited hours don’t mean limited goodness. In fact, between our province’s abundant fall harvest, an adorable collection of seasonal handicrafts from our local makers and tons of onsite treats, autumn may just be the best time to visit St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. Here are five reasons to make the trip.

The produce. While Manitoba may be known for its hearty root vegetables, our producers offer up a surprising selection of fruit and vegetables well into October (and beyond). In addition to staples like potatoes, onions and garlic, you can still get your hands on apples, beans, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, peppers, corn, squash, tomatoes, and a whole lot more. In fact, between the farmers and poultry vendors, the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market is the perfect place to load up for your Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. Bonus: A ton of Manitoba veg (especially beets!) are great for pickling and canning, so you can eat local all year long.

The food (and drink). Produce aside, the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market serves up a ton of delicious pre-made treats. We’re talking everything from spring rolls and pierogies to honey and chutney to sauerkraut and mustard to brownies and cookies to cakes and pies (did someone say pumpkin?!). There are even companies offering up locally-made spirits (Capital K Distillery) and wine (Shrugging Doctor), so no need to stop off at the Liquor Mart on your way home. Bonus: With a number of snack carts onsite, you can even enjoy a doughnut, a coffee or a hot apple cider while you stroll the market.

The decor. Fall is a time for entertaining, and thus a time for decorating. Whether you’re a DIYer or prefer the one-and-done shopping experience, fresh flowers, colourful wreaths and unique centrepieces from St. Norbert Farmers’ Market will have your place looking top-notch (both inside and out) for autumn. Some of the vendors even sell handmade seasonal decorations, which will help take your fall display to the next level. Bonus: In addition to produce, some of the market’s farmers sell colourful squash and ornamental gourds – perfect for your front porch.

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The gifts. Don’t look now, but a certain winter holiday is right around the corner. If you want to steer clear of the malls and the big box stores, there’s no better place to find that perfect gift than a local market. From crafts and hand-knitted clothing to artwork, toys and jewelry, St. Norbert Farmers’ Market vendors offer up high-quality items as impressive as they are unique. Bonus: The best gifts are usually gifts with stories. With the makers onsite, you can actually meet them and learn about their businesses firsthand.

The atmosphere. Call us old-fashioned, but there’s nothing better than spending a Saturday morning among neighbours. While visitors to the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market come from across Manitoba and beyond, the community atmosphere and smiling faces give it a sense of comfort, inclusivity and familiarity. What better way to get in the fall spirit than a day of shopping small, supporting local and making new friends? Bonus: The market’s new four-season canopy, which made its debut earlier this year, is sure to keep you dry and warm. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, it’s reason enough to pop by.

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The St. Norbert Farmers’ Market’s Fall schedule begins Saturday, Oct. 13. For hours, vendors and more information, visit SNFM online

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