Everyone's so positive. People are smiling. It's a fabulous day weather-wise, so couldn't be better for them.
—Scott Armstrong, market visitor
Spirits soared today at Winnipeg's first downtown market, held at Manitoba Hydro Place Plaza. Hundreds of smiling people moved elbow to elbow to check out the wares.
Around 20 market stalls were set up offering an array of spring vegetables, like lettuce, swiss chard, kale and herbs. The first strawberries of the season were snapped up quickly, as were the Bavarian pretzels.
Rudy Reimer of Watersong Farms Rainbow Trout offered samples of smoked trout to passers by, as did Ruben Marabotto and Marcedes Cancion of Home Style Mexican Salsa.
Linda and Mitchell Omichinski were selling three types of Manitoba maple syrup which they make near Portage la Prairie. Other unusual offerings included bundles of firewood and an array of decorated cut-off jeans.
Signy Gerrard is director of marketing and communications with Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. She couldn't be more thrilled about the turnout. "Four or five minutes after we opened we had a packed house," she said. "You can feel the energy. Having a market right in the heart of the city where a resident can walk and pick up something fresh is really great."
While the majority of visitors appeared to be people working in the area she was pleased that residents and many seniors came out, happy that they could find local fresh vegetables.
Scott Armstrong was enjoying perusing all the stalls before making his decisions. He feels a downtown market can really build a sense of community. "It's great! Everyone's so positive," he said. "People are smiling. It's a fabulous day weather-wise, so couldn't be better for them."
The Downtown Winnipeg Farmers' Market operates every Thursday at Manitoba Hydro Place Plaza, 11:30 to 5:30.
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