ESTEVAN - A spring and summer tradition in the Estevan area is set to begin – the annual Estevan Farmers’ Market will soon begin their new season.
The first indoor sale will take place on April 2 inside the Estevan Market Mall. They will continue each Saturday until the end of the month. Sales will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The location will be the same as what was used for the Christmas sales.
Market manager Marilyn Simons said the first indoor sale will be a couple of weeks earlier than in previous years.
“Because we haven’t had them for so many years, we thought that we would try this out,” said Simons.
There will be about 25 vendors each week. Simons said some new vendors and some local veterans are scheduled to be part of the sales, bringing baking, specialty baking, sourdough bread, cookies, crafts, canning, plants, garden stakes, floor mats, jewelry gauges, gemstone jewelry, metal stamping jewelry, dog treats, fabric, quilting supplies, kids clothes, dream catchers, crochet items, scrunchies, candles, soap, bath bombs, bath salts, women’s clothing, and women’s boots.
Customers can also find products from Thirty-One, Tupperware, Chalk Couture and Fifth-Ave vendors, plus custom gift baskets, upcycled and reusable everyday items, and even a table benefiting a donkey sanctuary.
Simons believes the vendors are eager to have the first indoor sale of the year.
“I think we always have that itch to get going again, and with all the snow this year, it’s more than ever that we are ready to get going. Our farmers and our gardeners are eager to get seeds into the ground,” she said.
The first outdoor sale of the year is slated for the mall’s parking lot on May 7, but that would be dependent on weather conditions. If the weather doesn’t co-operate, they could remain inside for one more week.
The outdoor markets will continue to happen every Saturday. The last outdoor market is traditionally on the Thanksgiving long weekend in October.
Having the same retail space inside the mall as the Christmas sales should be beneficial for the spring indoor markets, Simons said.
“We can stay set up for the entire duration of the indoor sales, so our vendors are fortunate that they don’t have to tear down after each sale, and then set up again, so they can stay in one spot. It’s secure, it’s closed,” she said.