First farm­ers’ mar­ket draws huge crowds

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - EDITORIAL - BY MIKE POWER

It was a first for Labrador West: a fall farm­ers’ mar­ket that would have a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing. Veg­gies for sale, many crafts, food, jams, en­ter­tain­ment, an­i­mals and more.

The event was part of the Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tions, and was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort. Gate­way Labrador was able to pro­cure a grant from Her­itage Canada for the 150 cel­e­bra­tions, and then work­ing with both towns and a num­ber of cor­po­rate spon­sors put the event to­gether.

Char­lotte Walker, one of the Gate­way or­ga­niz­ers told the Aurora, “we wanted to bring some of the out­side world here, and show off our lo­cal tal­ents as well.”

The or­ga­niz­ers also credit huge sup­port from many lo­cal cor­po­rate and busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tions, as well as lo­cal vol­un­teers.

We were over­joyed to see the re­sponse, peo­ple were ac­tu­ally here half an hour be­fore we opened and there was lots of feed­back,” Walker said.

Through­out the day peo­ple who dropped by the lo­ca­tions got to see amaz­ing craft pro­duc­ers, had a chance to buy lo­cal veg­eta­bles, have some food, catch some mu­sic and a few amaz­ing shows.

Mean­while, just a few days af­ter the first event, there are al­ready con­ver­sa­tions that point to the event be­com­ing an an­nual af­fair. Or­ga­niz­ers and par­tic­i­pants have taken notes, and the next event prom­ises to build on this year’s first.

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Veg­gies abound at the farm­ers’ mar­ket in Labrador West. Jo Keat­ing dis­plays some of her many home crafted wares avail­able for pur­chase. Sherry Gal­lant dis­plays her many cre­ative seal­skin cre­ations at the farm­ers’ mar­ket. Lee Ann Toomishie tempts the taste­buds. What’s bet­ter than fresh stir fried veg­gies, poached Salmon, and freshly made salsa?

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

Tara Tay­lor in­vites peo­ple to think dif­fer­ently about food and nutri­tion. The an­i­mals were a big at­trac­tion for the young folk.

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

The fire guy thrilled the au­di­ences, day and night.

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

Al­li­son Marsh gets a fall Hal­loween touch up from face paint­ing artists.

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