Numbers down slightly at Mother’s Day market

The annual Mother’s Day theme at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market this past Saturday saw a lot of activity, though not quite as much as in previous years.
CVFM manager Deb Cornell surmised the cool weather, as well as competition from local Chamber of Commerce’s home and leisure show, may have cut into attendance somewhat, but she said it still was a successful day.
“The crowd count was down from the norm—we had just over 600,” Cornell said in a press release issued earlier this week.
Mother’s Day is one of three occasions when the CVFM keeps track of everyone who comes in. These numbers are used to estimate the total volume over the year.
On Saturday, the unenviable task of counting heads fell to Cornell’s daughter, Shannon Darby, and Darby’s cousin, Garnet Cornell, who shared the responsibility of keeping an accurate account of the number of shoppers.
For those who did make the trip to the farmers’ market, which is located on McIrvine Road just north of Canadian Tire, there were plenty of the usual fresh meats, vegetables, and, of course, floral arrangements.
Lowey’s Greenhouse and Market Garden did extremely well, as is usual on the day before Mother’s Day.
“This is usually one of the busiest days of the year for us,” said Donna Lowey as she rang up another sale.
Shoppers may have noticed the CVFM has changed its hours of business slightly this year. Instead of running Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., it now is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each week.