Spring markets blooming

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

When the snow melts and flowers begin to bloom, bunnies and people cheer, welcoming the spring season. With only a few days until Easter, crafters are displaying their work to welcome the new season with colour and joy.

Lowey’s Greenhouse is currently holding a spring market where local vendors showcase and sell their crafts and food.

This is not the only market Lowey’s holds during the year. The popular markets coincide with occasions such as Christmas, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. Although Lowey’s hosts many of the same vendors year-round, the items and themes change, depending on the season.

Lowey’s is owned and run by Blair and Donna Lowey. Nichole, their daughter, helps with social media.

Donna said the spring market has been open since the first day of spring. Their last market was before Valentine’s Day.

“We sell a lot of bedding plants and perennials and trees,” Donna said. “As for my crafters, they always try to focus and stay with the themes of the different seasons.”

Donna said although the spring market does not feature as many vendors as the Christmas market, they are seeing demand for local crafts – especially for bird feeders. Currently Lowey’s has about 20 vendors, in addition to the greenhouse.

Crafts sold include handmade placemats, table runners, jewellery, birdhouses, bird feeders and Indigenous beadwork.

“We have local syrup, honey, jams, baked goods and cabbage rolls,” Donna said. “We have people that bring in pies that they make at home. We have a lot of local crafters and lots of local foods in the shop that we sell for the marketers.”

Lowey’s Greenhouse is open seven days a week. They are open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekends.

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