Approximately 250 people attended the Vermilion Farmer’s Market on September 11 at the Elk’s Hall, helping them celebrate their 40th Anniversary.
The first Farmer’s Market in Vermilion was held outdoors in the Town Parking Lot on the first Tuesday of September, 1978 and featured eight vendors. A few weeks later, they moved indoors to the Elk’s Hall, and have remained there ever since.
“Today we can celebrate because of a few local women who wanted a place to sell their plants, produce, baking, and crafts. Thank you to our new and long-time vendors...For instance, Jason, from Kathy’s Greenhouse, is a third generation vendor. Thank you also to our patrons; today we have two visitors from Mexico during their first visit to Canada, Alberta, and Vermilion. Thank you to Virginia Henne (an original member of the Vermilion Farmer’s Market), and Rita Barr, (who was instrumental in getting the Farmer’s Market going as a past member of the Department of Agriculture, which originally sponsored the Vermilion Farmer’s Market).
The Farmer’s Market has been my life for a long time, and I love the people that I’ve met,” said Manager, Evelyn Throndson.
Guests enjoyed coffee and cake as well as a lunch and shopping from approximately 20 vendors. Throndson was thrilled with the growth of the market over the past few years and the variety of products.
Mayor, Caroline McAuley congratulated them saying, “Thank you for keeping our farmer’s market alive and thriving; it is one of the seasonal gems in our community. Keep supporting local production of food. As a dietitian; it is a subject near and dear to my heart.”