Downtown Market returns to former hotel site

The Downtown Market will return to the former Arlington Inn site on Wednesday.

The Downtown Market will return to the former Arlington Inn site on Wednesday.

It’s the second year the Downtown Business Association will host the intimate weekly market that executive director Laura Turner touted as a convenient opportunity to buy fresh, local fare.

“It’s a quick, fast mid-week food stop. I think what people really liked about it was they could come by and shop very quickly … and just the idea that they’re supporting local,” she said of visitor feedback from last year.

The market will again feature a small number of vendors who sell local food or food products like seasonal produce, meats and prepared goods like perogies.

The only exception is fruit from British Columbia.

“What could be better than your first, fresh, locally grown, just-picked field strawberry that’s two hours old?” Turner asked.

“That’s the beauty of a market. You’re eating what’s fresh and what’s in season. So the selection changes even weekly.”

The market was launched as a pilot in 2010 and was successful in attracting people to the downtown and promoting the message to shop locally, she said.

Vendors who make it, bake it or grow it locally are welcome to ask about setting up a booth at the market by calling The Downtown Business Association office at 403-340-8696, Turner added.

The Downtown Market will run rain or shine every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the corner of 51st Avenue and 49th Street from June 1 to Oct. 5.

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