South Osborne

Farmers' Market

A Bustling Market & Vital Community Space in the Heart of South Osborne

ABOUT

Fireweed Food Co-op operates the South Osborne Farmers’ Market (est. 2016) which runs every Wednesday, 4-8 pm, from mid-June to late September.  All our vendors are local and sell only Manitoba-grown, chemical-free food products, and try to reduce packaging waste as much as possible.  Our market is also more than a place of commerce -- it is a thriving community space featuring local beer and cider, live music, a kids craft tent, and throughout the season playing host to various grassroots organizing initiatives and events related to local food and food issues. 

 

We also run two bustling annual indoor markets: our Holiday Market and

(M)others’ Day Market + Plant Sale during the off season.

The South Osborne Farmers' Market offers a wide variety of locally raised meats, spray-free organic vegetables and fruits from our farmer members, plus dozens of vendors selling local honey, sourdough bread, baked goods, preserves, handicrafts and much more! 

When are you open?


The outdoor market runs from 4-8pm every Wednesday, from mid-June until late September.




Where are you located?


We are located in the outdoor rink beside the Lord Roberts Community Centre (725 Kylemore Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3L 1B8).




What about rain?


This event is rain or shine, but may be cancelled in the case of a bad thunderstorm. If there is signs of a thunderstorm, please check our Facebook page for updates. We try to go on with the market unless absolutely necessary.




Are you a cash-only event?


We are encouraging credit/debit payment due to COVID-19, however most vendors will also accept cash.




How can I get there? Is there parking?


There are limited onsite public parking spots at the Lord Roberts Community Centre (adjacent to the soccer field) and some street parking available to the public. The small parking lot in the back lane of Berwick (north of the community centre) is designated for vendors only and is also limited. However, why not consider: walking, biking, carpooling, carsharing, or taking public transit to the market? It’s a great way to stay active and reduce your carbon footprint. Below are some resources and extra information to help you plan your trip: CYCLE Grab a bike and ride along on the South Osborne area’s several designated cycling routes. Check out the latest Winnipeg Cycling Map here. Most markets, minor bike repairs will also be available at the South Osborne Bike Hub kiosk. CARPOOL Rather than driving alone, find a carpooling buddy at Go Manitoba with their Single Trip Matching tool. CARSHARE Peg City Car Co-op offers a safe, reliable, easy-to-use car sharing program with over 40 vehicles across the city. Visit their website to learn more. BUS Hop on a bus and come on down to the market. We are right on the Rapid Transit Line, closest to the Fort Rouge transit station (bus stops #11031 and #11032). You can find the Winnipeg Transit trip planner here. Help us support sustainable food and sustainable transportation!




Are you accessible?


Please note that this is an outdoor venue. Washrooms are located in the community centre which is wheel-chair accessible, please find a volunteer or staff member (they will be wearing nametags) if you need to use the ramp to enter the community centre and they will unlock the door.




What does your Zero-Plastic Bag Policy mean?*


We’ve partnered with the Green Action Centre to develop a strategy to reduce our use of plastics and other non-recyclable materials. As such, we have requested that all of our vendors no longer distribute any Styrofoam, plastic shopping and produce bags. Instead, we have a couple options for the public: BRING-A-BAG, LEAVE-A-BAG In 2019 we implemented a free reusable bag sharing program for our customers. Have extra reusable bags? You can drop-off them off at the market during regular market hours. REUSABLE BAGS Handmade tote bags created from second-hand material will be available for purchase at the market. *Please note that due to COVID-19, we will not be running this program for the 2021 season. We still encourage you to bring your own bag, however, you will be in charge of filling it.




What is our Refillable Countainer Program?*


In summer 2019, we introduced our refillable container program where market goers can bring their own jars to any of the participating vendors to be refilled for a discount. Please check our social media to find out which vendors are participating that week. Just remember to wash your containers before you come to the market. *Please note that due to COVID-19, we will not be running this program for the 2021 season.




Do you have a Safe(r) Spaces Policy?


We do! Fireweed Food Co-op (FFC) strives to create and foster welcoming community spaces for people of all ages, gender identities, cultural identities, abilities, and sexual orientations. We encourage everyone within these spaces to join us in this effort, and we will not tolerate any forms of discrimination, oppression or harassment, including but not limited to: sexism; racism; white supremacy; homophobia; xenophobia; transphobia; classism; ableism; fat phobia or ageism. Click here to view our full policy.




Are you dog-friendly?


Yes! We love to see dogs at the market. We do ask that you please keep your dog on a leash, and bring them only if they are able to handle the noise & large numbers of people at the market. We understand the market can be a bit overwhelming for dogs, and while we would love to meet them all, we ask that you please refrain from bringing your furry friends if they are prone to lunging, jumping, or if they become very excitable at the sight of other dogs.




Is the market kid-friendly?


In the summer, stop by our craft table to find fun crafts and organized activities for your kids! Colouring and free crafting will begin at 4 pm and our craft coordinator will be available in the early evening to help your kids create a brand new craft to take home. **Please note that due to COVID-19, we will not be running this program for the 2020 season. We and Arts Junktion will, however, be handing out kids craft kits periodically throughout the summer. Visit our info booth to find out more.




Is there music?


We are proud to feature a diversity of local, talented entertainers who truly add to the sense of community that we strive for at our markets. If you’re interested in becoming a busker at SOFM, please contact fireweedfoodcoop.arts@gmail.com to arrange a busking opportunity.




I heard there's beer...is that true?


Yes, it is true! We serve Half Pints beer and local cider at our Beer Gardens. We host our beer gardens in a fenced space near the community centres' basketball court. All drinks must remain within the boundaries of the beer garden area.




Does the market have gift cards available? How do they work?


To purchase a gift card, click HERE or stop by the info booth at the market on Wednesdays between 4-8pm! To redeem your gift card, show the email that has your gift card code to one of our volunteers at the info booth. They will convert your gift card into market bucks that you can be used with any of our vendors! *Please note that we cannot reimburse you in the case of lost coins.




What is your Pay it Forward Program? How can I participate?


Our Pay it Forward program offers the chance for the community to support one another, and help make local food more accessible to all. For those who could use a little financial support for your farmers market purchases, tokens of $5 will be available at the Pay it Forward board near the info booth. A full list of participating vendors will be available at the board, and vendors will also have an identifying logo at their booth. If you would like to make a donation to the program, please come talk to one of our volunteers at the info booth, or make a donation online.





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