May 18, 2014 6:38 pm

The Forks unofficially welcomes summer

The Forks farmer's market kicked off Sunday with vendors selling items every Sunday until October

Ashley Carter/Global News

WINNIPEG – May long weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and The Forks was bustling with summer excitement.

Boat tours revved up at The Forks this weekend,taking visitors on a historic tour of downtown Winnipeg along both rivers.

“It’s a great way to see the city of Winnipeg from a different perspective on the river,” said Splash Dash Tour Boats owner Gordon Cartwright.

Splash Dash Tour Boats set sail at The Forks this weekend and will run everyday through summer

Ashley Carter/Global News

But the star attraction at The Forks and true kick off to summer was the farmer’s market.

“We have almost 30 vendors here today and this is the first time we’ve ever done a farmer’s market in the parking lot,” said Clair MacKay of The Forks.

Local vendors will set up shop all summer long at the market offering baked goods, jewelry, toys, and eventually produce.

“All homemade, all from scratch, no perseveres, no things funky,” said market vendor Donna Fairweather.

And it’s big business for vendors who usually work from home or online.

“It’s been huge for us, it has helped grow our business about 800% last year when we started doing the downtown market,” said market vendor Cori Poon.

“We don’t run out, we sell out so we love that, so it can usually be between $600 to a $1,000 [in daily sales],” said Fairweather.

The market will run every Sunday rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until October.


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