story by Christina Waldner | photography by Kurtis Kristianson
“Minors are allowed to go into it – we’ll have the licensing where folks can come down, they can grab supper off a vendor or from a food truck and actually have a family night in the beer gardens,” she said.
Airdrie’s Fitzsimmons Brewing Company will be on hand, along with Tamarack Jacks Honey and Meadery from Clearwater County, near Caroline. Shea said Fieldstone Fruit Wines and Krang Spirits will be at the Crossfield Spring Farmers’ Market April 14 at the Crossfield & District Community Centre and she’s hoping they will be part of the beer garden all season long.
Blue Eye Wood Designs from Airdrie creates giant yard versions of the games Jenga, Dominos and Yahtzee, which Shea plans to incorporate into the fun at the market.
“I’m hoping to put some of those out, right outside the beer garden and we can have some very friendly competitions,” she said. “I’m hoping that we can get some little tournaments going.”
The market is also going to move to the community centre parking lot.
“It’s bigger so we can expand over the years without having to move again,” Shea said. “There are also three ball diamonds behind the community centre that are in full swing every Thursday night so (by) opening up a beer garden and a market, we’re hopefully going to get a lot more traffic.”
A grand opening to celebrate the start of the new market season and the new location will be held June 7 with a special ceremony including a ribbon cutting. The president of the Crossfield Agricultural Society – which runs the market – will be there and Shea said she’s planning to invite some other local dignitaries.
Shea has been market manager since May 2016 and was recently named to the board of the Alberta Farmers’ Market Association. In her new capacity, she’s planning to launch a kids’ program called Market Buds at the Crossfield market.
“The kids can join at any time. Basically, they come down and we sign their passports that they are there that day and they get a token,” she said. “We’ll have weekly activities for the kids and they’re allowed to spend their tokens within the market.”
The Crossfield Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from June 7 to Sept. 27 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the community centre on Mountain Avenue. Forty to 50 vendor tents will dot the parking lot, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Quickly developing into a destination for residents and visitors alike, it’s a fun place to be on a Thursday evening.