Farmers markets thrive despite virus





“My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policemen, and a preacher, but everyday, three times a day, you need a farmer. – Brenda Schoepp.

This week’s Wednesday Challenge on partner Susan and my alternate site, WEEKLY PROMPTS, was FARMERS MARKETS.

This one local farmers market located in North West Edmonton opened last weekend despite overcast skies, the occasional rain shower and of course the presence of the dreaded Covid 19 virus.

Die hard fans of the open air market braved the inclement weather and obeyed the rules of social distancing and wearing a face mask ( mask wearing in public has not been deemed as necessary as yet).

The number of exhibitors this year was down significantly from last but the shoppers still filed through the market area to see what bargains were available there.

Flowers vendors ( on the left) and one spruce lawn chair furniture maker set up their stands early hopeful that the weather would improve and their sales would benefit.

The market was set up adjacent to a Safeway outlet and the covered roof of the venue enticed bargain hunters to patiently wait their turn in line.

Residents in this neck of the woods flock eagerly to these markets which usually open in May and run through until the beginning of October. 

The market is open three days a week : Wednesday and Saturday -Sunday. 

The occasional street performer, musician, photographer and pantomimist join the activities on the weekend. 


Wednesday Challenge – Farmers Markets



  1. Sounds like an interesting and busy place to visit.
    Masks here are mandatory on public transport and from next week inside all the shops. Because the virus disperses quickly outdoors we’re told the risk is low so we don’t need masks but we are still asked to social distance. 🙂


    • Continue to wear the mask Susan. This is an unknown virus and what they know today will differ from what they find out tomorrow. Will Evie be attending school this year? Be safe.

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      • Evie is back in school since two weeks ago but not all the students are back. The school where Joss teaches has opened the doors to certain year groups and so far all is well. Elizabeth’s school is the same but Victoria’s school has taken every year group back but they work in half class bubbles.

        Monday and Tuesday they take half a class with Wed as cleaning day and prep and planning for teachers because online home schooling still goes on. Thurs and Fri takes the other half of the classes.
        They’ve been doing this for a few weeks and it’s been very successful especially with parents.

        We are told that children are rarely affected by the virus and will become compulsory for all children to be in school by September.

        Talking of masks,. Remember I told you about the lady who refused to wear one, a article will appear on Nan’s Farm tomorrow. 🙂


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