Spring Fling teases Airdrie Farmers’ Market

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A seasonal sneak peak of the Airdrie Farmers’ Market takes to the Airdrie Town and Country Centre April 8 with the seventh annual Airdrie Spring Fling.

With the farmers’ market wrapping its season after Thanksgiving, market manager Candice Kolson said it’s nice having an introduction show before reopening the market in June.

“It’s basically our farmers’ market, but indoors because the weather is so unpredictable in April,” Kolson said.

More than 60 vendors will be on hand at the Spring Fling, she said, including farmers’ market staples such as Calgary Mini Donuts, Cow Boy Kettle Corn, My Bread Lady, Tim’s Pizza, Dietz Meats and Souto Farms.

With many new businesses launching locally in the past year, the Spring Fling will also play host to a variety of new vendors, she said.

The Spring Fling also offers a storefront-style space to many home-based businesses, which Kolson said is a valuable exchange for both the business and customer.

“It gives them that chance to connect with more people,” she said.

Attracting an array of vendors selling an assortment of items and food, the Spring Fling has worked on a rotation year-after-year, Kolson said, to ensure variety for customers.

The Airdrie Farmers’ Market has also been an advocate for “make-it bake-it grow-it” vendors, she said, while also supporting the re-sale vendors people love.

“We just make sure it’s a good balance,” Kolson said.

“It keeps them wanting to come back and helps us to grow the market.”

Though the Airdrie Spring Fling does not charge an admission fee, Kolson said a “give what you can” style donation is being asked in support of the Airdrie Food Bank.

The Airdrie Spring Fling also offers space for community organizations, such as the Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society, to share information with the public about the work they do.

“If we can support those organizations that support everybody else in our community, then we should,” she said.

The seventh annual Airdrie Spring Fling market runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8 at the Town and Country Centre.

The Airdrie Farmers’ Market picks up its summer season once again June 7 at Plainsmen Arena and Jensen Park.

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