The Mandate of Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers’ Market: To provide a marketing opportunity for small producers in a co-operative environment
Our Motto: “We make it, bake it, and grow it for YOU!”
It is 5:30 am on a Saturday morning, and Manitoba’s farmers and artisans are arriving at the site of Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. They’re bringing the bounty of the fields and gardens and workshops to the tables of the city, as they do every week, rain or shine, from the May long weekend to the end of October.
A non-profit cooperative, Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers’ Market is Manitoba’s largest and best-known farmers’ market. Featured weekly at the market are locally grown produce, delicious fresh baking, home-style jams and preserves, and fresh-cut flowers, along with wonderful homespun crafts, uniquely designed jewelry, and much more. Colours are vibrant, produce is field-fresh, and the lively chatter and friendly faces welcome residents and visitors alike, every week of the season.
In 2014, Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers’ Market became Manitoba’s first Online Market, providing Manitobans with the opportunity to find locally produced products all year round. The Online Market supports Manitoba’s producers throughout those cold winter months!
The first St. Norbert Farmers’ Market was held on July 16, 1988. On that sunny day, nearly three decades ago, 8 vendors gathered on the grass to sell their wares, with no canopies or parking lot, and to little fanfare. The mood was local even then: it was a “make it, bake it, grow it” market, supporting local producers. Since that first successful year, the market has grown by leaps and bounds. It is now organized as a non-profit co-operative with 130 full-time vendors and as many as 70 occasional vendors! Today, the market is intent on maintaining its local roots, in keeping with its motto: “We make it, bake it, and grow it for YOU!!”
The market’s growth is a glowing testament to the determination of the farmers and crafts people of Manitoba, matched only by the enthusiasm of Winnipeg’s residents for local, Manitoba-made products.