Learn The Skills Your Grandma Knew at the St. Norbert Farmers' Festival

Thanks to the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, you can stock up on everything from fresh produce and homemade jams to one-of-a-kind jewelry and hand-spun crafts from the best local makers Manitoba has to offer.

On Aug. 8, you’ll also be able to learn from them.

Dubbed Home Skills for the 21st Century, the third annual St. Norbert Farmers’ Festival will feature how-to demos on everything from wood turning and wool spinning to making soap with Whipped Cosmetics and crafting the perfect cocktail with Capital K. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with nine workshop stations set up alongside the market’s regular vendors.

In addition to practical skills like canning, knitting, sewing and fish filleting, you can pick up skills you didn’t even know you needed, like breaking down a chicken, building backyard rocket stoves, making beeswax birthday candles, and (properly) using dry rub spices. And because homemade always beats store-bought, you’ll learn how to make yogurt with Almost Urban Vegetables, kimchi with KarenFood and a whole lot more.

“We think our Manitoba producers are pretty darned cool, and that they have some amazing skills to show off. This is our way of helping Manitobans and visitors to our province see and learn about some of those skills.” – Marilyn Firth, Executive Director, St. Norbert Farmers’ Market

Some of the other stations at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Festival will include chainmaille skills with Ariel Beynon, lessons in sourdough with Old Church Bakery, heritage tomato tasting with Paseschnikoff Gardens, jewelry making with Embracing the Stone, bee/honey talk with Reger Honey Farm, pottery basics with Gabe’s Pottery, flower bouquet basics and building flower crowns with Strawberry Lane, dehydrating with Fenez Follies Farm, and keeping butterfly gardens with Prairie Originals. For a full list of workshops and more information visit the St. Norbert Farmers’ Festival event page.

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