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Farmers market can again offer food to visitors

Borden and Radisson News

The Borden Farmers Market was able to serve food and drink at their July 16 market. There was free coffee and juice, pie by the piece sold by Donna Ridgewell and Lorraine Olinyk sold hot dogs.

There was a full house of vendors with vegetables being brought in by Rempels and Natalie Gramiak and house plants by Amanda Car. Regular vendors are: Karen Kerr with jams, pickles, cards and cross stitch; Marie Polishuck with baking; Emily Bueckert with artwork; Joyce Olzewski with Tupperware; Donna and John Ridgewell with jewelry and pies; and Jennifer Proctor with honey. The 50/50 was won by Cace Donaldson. At the July 9 market, the prize was won by Karen Kerr and the July 2 winner was Donna Ridgewell.

Taryn Hanley of Langham, who teaches equestrian vaulting at the farm of her parents, Jason and Sherri Ann (nee Walker) Hanley, south of Langham was in Borden July 17for a fundraising event. The event would have been at her arena but due to heat and smoke, it came to Borden.

Taryn, who is 18, has been teaching vaulting for the past three years, has her own club – Mirror Image ‑ and owns the horses that are used. The fundraiser supper and silent auction at Borden was put on to purchase outfits and club jackets.

Equestrian vaulting is dance and gymnastics on horseback. The horse is on a lunge line and vaulters perform at a walk, trot and canter. It is a sport that develops strength and flexibility but also creates a bond of trust between the athlete and the horse. Vaulting can be a competitive sport or a recreational one for children and adults.

Taryn has 10 vaulters of which eight are competitive and they train at her outdoor arena.

Taryn will be going to Olds, Alta. in August to train and if she places well in the next year she will be going to nationals in Tennessee in 2022.

Equestrian vaulting has been around for more than 2,000 years in the military and became a sport in Europe after the Second World War. It was introduced to North America in the 1980s.

Our granddaughter, Rachel Sutherland, who is in her third year at the U of S in the College of Agriculture studying horticulture, has grown a large Community Support Agriculture market garden this year at her parents’farm northeast of Borden. She has started supplying vegetables to 25 customers in Saskatoon and to Jim and I.

Community Shared Agriculture creates a connection between the farmer and the community through fresh, local products. Rachel has five varieties of potatoes, corn, root vegetables, garlic, onions, tomatoes, pak choi, Swiss chard, lettuce, zucchini, different herbs and more. Some of her plants are under cover and trickle irrigation provides water.

Our grandson, Duncan Sutherland, took a course in Lethbridge in 2020-21, learning to be a wind tower technician. He is now employed by Enercon. He went to Montreal in early July, where they have a factory, for a few days training. For July, he is working at Dawson Creek, B.C. Enercon has wind towers across Canada and into the United States, but Duncan will be based out of Lethbridge. He will work three weeks, mainly in Alberta or British Columbia, then have one week off.