The very first time I walked into the Moose Jaw Farmer‚Äôs Market, I thought I was on the set of a movie. The smell of fresh vegetables illuminated the air, families were walking their dogs, and even a guy with a guitar was playing Scarborough Fair by Simon & Garfunkel.
‚ÄúWhat is this magical oasis?‚ÄĚ I asked myself.
I was there on assignment and I was lucky that my boss sent this story idea my way because it finally forced me to check out the market.
I‚Äôve always been a fan of farmer markets, and supporting local, but waking up early is not really my thing. Luckily, this one is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. I still have plenty of time to sleep in and walk down to the corner of River Street and First Avenue Northwest for a cup of coffee and a fresh scone.
Ever since I had to go cover that initial story, I frequent the market weekly. Not even a wild Friday night of partying can stop my routine.
One of my favourite reasons for going is the people. Each vendor is generous, friendly and all have a unique story for being there. If you‚Äôre not there to purchase anything, it‚Äôs still worth it for the guaranteed great conversations.
My love affair with this market is just increasing by the day. Two weeks ago I had bought vegetables from the market. They were exactly 50 cents more expensive than the vegetables I had bought from a local grocery store a week ago. Today, I had to throw out my grocery store bought vegetables, yet my farmer‚Äôs market vegetables are still crisp and fresh. Not to mention, the vegetables from the farmer‚Äôs market had more flavour.
When you buy locally you know exactly where your product comes from. Did my grocery store vegetables go bad because perhaps they were sitting in the back inventory for three weeks?
Vegetables and preserves aren‚Äôt the only things that can be purchased. Recently, I bought a Saskatoon pie from the friendliest woman who baked it herself. It had about five ingredients in the pie and was completely fresh.
In a couple of weeks I will be going to a Great Gatsby-themed wedding, and I will be getting all my jewelry from Carrie Hlady, who sells vintage jewelry she makes herself at the market. I‚Äôm obsessed with accessories, and what attracts me to her products is that they‚Äôre one of a kind. They have her vision and own personal style which is what makes them so beautiful.
But that‚Äôs what‚Äôs so great about the farmer‚Äôs market. You really get to experience the taste and style of all vendors because in essence, all of them is what makes Moose Jaw. They are all so cool, hip, and welcoming. I am happy to support them and other local businesses and hopefully others will too.
Mickey Djuric can be reached at 306-691-1263 or @Mickey_MJTimes.