Don Dubitz entertains attendees at the Winter Farmer’s Market last week at the Ponoka Legion.

Don Dubitz entertains attendees at the Winter Farmer’s Market last week at the Ponoka Legion.

Xmas gifts on sale at Winter Farmer’s Market

Holiday shoppers looking for handmade gifts can enjoy the many different crafts available at the Winter Farmer’s Market.

Holiday shoppers looking for handmade gifts can enjoy the many different crafts available at the Winter Farmer’s Market.

The first day of the market was Wednesday, Nov. 19 with more days planned for Nov. 26 to 27 and Dec. 3 to 4, explained organizer Donna Merrill.

The market brings a variety of vendors and she tries to ensure there is only one business category per vendor to give shoppers many different choices of holiday gift items.

“We could have 10 more bakers in here but it doesn’t make sense to have them,” said Merrill’s son Ken, who helps out with the market.

He enjoys giving craftspeople a chance to sell their wares to shoppers and feels the winter market is an ideal place to do just that. Keeping vendors and shoppers entertained was Don Dubitz with music and jokes that made everyone laugh.

Ken says each year different vendors make it the market, which gives shoppers something different to buy. Also this year 50/50 tickets are being sold to raise money for the Ponoka Food Bank. Tickets go for $1 each or $5 for 10, said Merrill.

For Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 the sale hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 hours are 3 to 7 p.m. to give shoppers some flexibility.