The grand opening of the Rainy Lake Market held at the Rainy Lake Square, was greeted with a much-needed rainfall but that did not prevent community members from stopping by.
Sarah Marusyk from the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Center said they had a steady flow of traffic, adding that it was a solid opening.
The vendors for opening day were A.G.’s Produce, Candy, Cake, Cookies & More, Like Mother Like Daughter Baking and Rainy River Elk Company.
The vendors offered fresh produce and some delicious treats such as pies and cookies.
Due to provincial guidelines, the market was only able to have four vendors, but Marusyk said they are hoping to add a few more to the roster this week.
Marusyk said they are only allowed to have food vendors at the market as it coincides with the provincial guideline of essential services. She adds that the provincial restrictions also stopped them from including vendors from outside of the district.
“It stinks because I really wish I could include everybody, but we want to make sure that we do it properly and safely,” Marusyk said.
Marusyk said she is hoping after June 2 they will be able to include craft vendors in the market and eventually bring in vendors from outside the district when it is safe to do so.
The market usually has anywhere from 15 to 20 vendors. Marusyk said the goal is to eventually get back to that amount.
Marusyk said they are looking forward to adding more vendors and more activities and involving the museum in future markets. One activity is in collaboration with Community Living Fort Frances and District to do some open-air art studio projects.
Marusyk said they are working on creating free, fun, learning boxes with Community Living. A limited number of boxes will be given out once a month at the market, Marusyk said, adding that they are still working out the details of how people can sign up for a box. The boxes will include fun activities for families that encourage getting outside.
“One of the things we’re going to do in June that I’m really excited about is a park passport so just a little passport for the kids to take around to the different parks in the community and can stamp it and it almost feels like you’re travelling,” Marusyk said. “I think we’re going to incorporate a little bit of the histories of the parks and community so that’ll be the museums contribution to the box in June.”
Marusyk said Community Living will be supplying the crafts for the boxes and they are looking to include some summer staples like sidewalk chalk and bubbles.
The Rainy Lake Market runs from the May long weekend to the end of September every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Food or grocery vendors that are interested in participating in the Market can contact Marusyk at the museum 807-274-7891 ext. 1.