Farmer’s markets in Okotoks are no longer a seasonal affair.
An indoor community farmers market is being held every second Thursday at Studio Me in the downtown area. Breadmakers Cheryl and Murray Eby have made the switch inside with their WyldeBread booth. The ‘Me Market’ has given the new entrepreneurs an unexpected extension on their farmer’s market season. The Ebys are selling six varieties of sourdough, made of ancient, wild yeast they grow themselves at the market.
“We are enjoying being inside and out of the elements,” Cheryl said.
The Ebys started selling their bread in Calgary and the Okotoks Farmer’s Market this year and were glad to get an extension on the season while they work on opening a storefront in High River. Other than the markets, they fill online orders and deliver to Calgary or customers can pick up the bread at their High River home.
“It’s great to be able to meet people and be able to reach our reach our regular clients,” he said.
Me Market is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The concept, says Studio Me events co-ordinator Nicole Alton, is to allow for local niche entrepreneurs to have a place to sell their wares.
“It gives local marketers and local businesses a place to sell their products and their services and their passion,” Alton said.
Vendors range from people with homemade food, jewelry, décor, nutrition products, essential oils and home-based businesses.
Alton said they are looking for vendors with an environmental or natural focus.
“Many of the companies we support because they are organic or eco-friendly or we support what they are trying to promote,” Alton said.
There are booths for vendors or business owners can pay for a ‘walking booth’.
“If you don’t need a table, like a card reader or a personal trainer, you can walk around and sell your service,” Alton said.
She said there is space for three more vendors. Anyone who would like to apply to sell their goods at the Me Market can contact Alton at NicoleAlton23@hotmail.com
Around 20 people came to the first market and Alton said they are working to spread the word with the help of their vendors.
“People should come see the different kind of products that aren’t sold in stores around Okotoks,” Alton said.
“There’s a lot of homemade and passion in the products. It’s a big variety of things in one place.”
For more information visit www.studiome.ca