Ponoka Farmers Market going forward in new location

Farmers Markets are Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

(Karen Douglass/Ponoka News)

(Karen Douglass/Ponoka News)

After their first two markets at their new location, the Ponoka Farmers Market has been going well and market-goers seem to be adjusting to the change.

The Farmers Market is being held at the Ponoka Legion this year. The first market was held on June 16.

“People seem to be gradually figuring out where we are,” said Donna Merrill, longtime Ponoka Farmers Market manager.

Last year, the farmers market didn’t get going until July 1 because of uncertainly of the availability of their usual location, the Ponoka curling rink, because of COVID-19 closures. So this year they just decided to move venues to avoid closure conflicts.

“It seems to be working out well,” said Merrill.

There’s a good variety of goods on offer this year with 34 total vendors, including four new local vendors providing gourmet, homemade doughnuts, handmade soaps, herbal plants and catnip toys, and woodworking.

Some of the vendors set up inside, including baking, jams and crafts, and vegetable and fruit vendors are located outside in the parking lot.

The farmers markets will run for the rest of the season at the Legion on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Because they are at the Legion rather than the curling rink, they may also extend their season into September.