If anyone is in need of a little summer fun, it’s, well, everyone in the whole wide world.
Covid-19 has created an unprecedented spring and in Selkirk, a summer staple is set to return and help us all take a step towards the new normal.
On July 22 the popular Selkirk Port D.O.G. Days Market will be back at the Waterfront, running Wednesdays from 10am to 2 pm until Aug. 26.
The same thing you loved, just a little different
The weekly Waterfront market will be following guidelines from Restoring Safe Services – Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery, as it relates to farmers markets. For a complete list of safety measures at this year’s markets visit myselkirk.ca/dogdays
“We’re happy to be able to proceed with the market and we’re following Provincial guidelines to make sure the people who come out can feel safe and enjoy their visit,” says Ellie Longbottom, the city’s Culture Coordinator.
“The market has become a lunchtime destination for people in Selkirk to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and we’re glad they’ll be able to participate in it again this summer.”
Socially distancing people and vendors
The market will feature only one entrance and exit (at the south end of the entrance loop), hand sanitizing stations, one directional flow and additional space between vendors.
Longbottom says they should have the same number of vendors as in previous years.
“To accommodate for directional flow we spread everyone out more, but the Waterfront is so big we didn’t need to reduce the number of vendors,” she says.
There will be food trucks on site – including Blue Haze Barbecue – but vendors will not be offering food samples under provincial guidelines, which also dictate there will be no buskers to discourage large gatherings.
Giving support to locally-owned businesses
Angie Neeth coordinates the Selkirk Port Market and will also be selling her Kake Fraülein products, which consist of traditional and German-inspired baking.
Initially held just during the month of August, last year the market moved up its start date to mid July and has done so again this year. Also new this year is an earlier opening time.
“We are extremely excited that the Selkirk Port D.O.G Days Market is only a few weeks away! The market runs Wednesdays as it has in previous years with a new opening time starting at 10am until 2pm, rain or shine,” Neeth says.
“Although it will not be business as usual this year – as with most things in the world these days – the market is excited to support the community by providing locally grown and made products and art forms.”
Vendors for everyone!
The market will have vendors from previous years selling their vegetables, honey, home made jams, jellies and relish, home made baking, gluten free perogies, jewelry, soaps, clothing and accessories, hand painted wood signs, authentic sports collectibles, and food trucks – just to name a few.
There are a variety of new vendors this year as well, including Wenizhishing, who will bring their love of Indigenous designs on various articles of clothing, jewelry, pillows, and other Indigenous themed items. As in the past, a list of vendors in attendance will be updated weekly on social media.
Vendors interested in a spot at the Port Market can contact Angie Neeth at [email protected]
The City of Selkirk will have a booth set up and will be selling the city’s awesome new clothing and accessories, with all profits from every sale going towards the Selkirk Parks and Heritage Endowment Funds.