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It’s a wrap on the Evening Farmers Market

posted Oct 10, 2017, 8:44 AM by Kathy Carr
And that's a wrap! Last week we celebrated the last farmer's market of the season with a HUGE turnout! This community came out in full force to support our little market and a local family.
This market idea started in my mind as I remembered the community I grew up in, the Carberry of my childhood was a tight nit spirited community. I missed this community spirit when I moved my family home. After a few discussions with friends I came up with this idea to bring people together and support local producers and businesses. 
The more people I talked to, the more the idea grew! Many times throughout the last market I looked around at the large crowd and that community spirit I was missing, it was there in front of my eyes! The old friends reminiscing, families enjoying a summer evening lounging at the picnic tables, kids running around dancing to music, new friends realizing they are actually neighbors and that spirit of coming together as a community!
My gratitude list is long and starts with Falk's Pharmacy and their support from the beginning of the season. My vendors that were there from the start of the season, Kristen and Jason Dickson, Mary-Ann Gosslin, Frank and Marilyn Hambrook, Gary Olmstead. All the vendors that joined us throughout the season provided feedback and support to grow our market throughout the season. 
The assistance and support I received from Grady and his crew was an important part of our success. As we grew into the crowd of last week came more things I needed. There may have a been a few visits to Grady's office in a panic about something... he always had a solution for anything that I was in a panic about! 
The hard work to help set up and tear down at the end of the evening quickly became an issue when I was physically unable and there was always someone there to volunteer to help out.
The market supported a local organization each month.
Service for Seniors, Carberry Cat Rescue, Carberry Elks, Carberry and Area Community Foundation all joined us and grew into the fundraising bbq as part of the market. The season total for fundraising was $2000 for these groups.
Last week's market was a special fundraising market for the Pearson family and therefore special people stepped up to volunteer. Brianna Renwick jumped in to organize the BBQ and donations that raised $2000! Kara Knoll and Anne Raine assisted with the silent auction with donations from vendors and local businesses. The Gabler Family generously donated and set up their bouncy house which was a crowd favorite!
The total funds raised from the auction, 50/50, table fees and bouncy house was $1000. Rigamaroll from Neepawa played for a growing crowd with special Thanks to Ron Nordstrom for donating the equipment and time. Christina The Crazy Hooper from Brandon also donated her time to perform for a crowd of all ages! Shannon Downey returned to our stage to close out the season which was fitting that she also sang for us on the evening of our first market!
Thank you to each and every one of you who supported the farmer's market. Thank you to everyone who volunteered from cooking burgers to lending a hand when I knocked on your door. Scott Shaw and Boo who jumped in last minute when we needed a bigger stage. I hope I have said Thank You to everyone who helped out in even the smallest way your support added to the success of the market season! Market Season 2017 fundraising totalled $5000!
I look forward to seeing all of you again next season!

by Jolene Balciunas
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