Thursday, 16 October 2014

Farewell Farmers' Market

Last Sunday was a beautiful, perfect day to end off our outdoor Farmers’ Market season.

Vendors gathered in a circle around a campfire set-up, and visitors picked up produce, preserves and delicious baking and simply enjoyed the atmosphere.

All in all, The Forks hosted over 50 different vendors since the market began in May, with up to 32 showing up every week – rain or shine – to sell locally grown and raised food and handmade treats and goodies to visitors on our site.

Dorothy Freund from Red Poll Farms and Dean and Sara Wall from Zhoda Family Farms were very pleased at the turn-out each week – even despite many of our Sundays being not so sunny.

They enjoyed the laid-back clientele and noticed lots of tourists – and were eager to share some knowledge about what delicious items grow in Manitoba.

 Sara said she met folks who’d never tried rosehip or Saskatoon berries, and didn’t know those things grow in Manitoba. She says it’s always fun to share what she’s foraged with people and send them home with something new.

Overall, we had some very happy vendors who are ready and raring to come back next year, and make The Forks Farmers’ Market one of the most plentiful in town.

Until then, we will be hosting indoor markets featuring produce, jams, infusions, baking and alpaca wool products (for the chilly days that are surely upon us!) once per month on Oct. 25 and Nov. 25.

Thank you for supporting our inaugural Farmers’ Market!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Happy Birthday, Generation Green!

Our friends at Generation Green just marked their 2nd anniversary at The Forks Market – they celebrated with cupcakes for all from Hello Cupcake – baking that is gluten-, dairy-, nut-, soy-, and egg-free!

At The Forks we are always looking to be environmentally sustainable and strive towards Target Zero, so we’re happy to share our space with an eco-conscious business with a huge emphasis on selling and supporting locally made, sustainable products.

It’s important to Sherry Sobey, the growing shop’s owner, too.

“I appreciate being a part of an organization that also recognizes this importance, specifically with the Target Zero Initiative,” she says. “As a local and tourist destination, it's very important that we set a good example here.”

The shop has grown more quickly than she imagined it would over the last two years. Customers have responded enthusiastically to the shop and its premise.

Generation Green carries everything from kitchen utensils, makeup, soap and skincare to dog treats, giftware, supplements and grocery items – all produced sustainably, eco-consciously, and largely locally.

“It's really important that we all do our part to ensure the health of our planet, and for our own personal health benefits,” says Sherry. “We talk a lot about prevention here at Generation Green, our focus has to be on preventing problems and disease, not on waiting and fixing them once they becomes problematic.”

If you come into the shop in the next little while, expect to find the recently added line of Canadian natural supplements with a focus on immunity strengthening, as well as the complete Lorna Vanderhaeghe line for women’s health.

Soon all of Generation Green’s products will be available through their online store so they can continue offering these products to tourist customers.

“We have such a focus on locally made products that everyone ends up loving and wanting,” says Sherry.

Also be on the lookout for some unique gift baskets as the holidays approach.

What does she love about being at The Forks?

“That’s easy,” Sherry says. “The people and my neighbours! I've always loved the vibe, the people, and the fact that you could always find something unique.”

Visit Generation Green in The Forks Market and online at

Friday, 26 September 2014

Culture Days at The Forks

Prepare for a flood of culture – here at The Forks and all across the country this weekend!

Art, culture, heritage and musical installations will be happening all over the city and across the province for this three-day cultural celebration and we’re right at the centre of it all! With everything from live music, dance performances (including bellydance and Flamenco demonstrations), to live art production and craft demonstrations, there will certainly be no shortage of entertainment around here.

From the folks that bring us the ever-popular Warming Huts in the winter and the nifty Cool Gardens in the summer, here are a few activities you’ll be able to catch at The Forks site for Culture Days on this beautiful September weekend:

Mini Culture Days at the Children’s Museum | September 26
All day Friday there will be a free, guided activity station outside the Children’s Museum highlighting visual arts and dramatic play along with 2-for-1 general museum admission all day long, Mini Culture Days will immerse guests in the hands-on creative learning experiences that the Children’s Museum expertly delivers all year round.

Collage Animation Workshop by Freeze Frame at The Forks | September 26 | 10:00am-2:00pm | Forks Market

Cut, paste, animate! Create your own stop motion animation with Freeze Frame Media Centre. Shoot your own animation and watch your characters come alive at The Forks. All creative types are welcome! 45-minute workshops.

Honey Days | Forks Market, Centre Court
What better time to learn about one of the world’s most fascinating and productive insects than honey-harvesting time? Inside the Forks Market, you’ll see cooking demonstrations by the Beekeeper's Association of Manitoba, a honey competition plus an awesome display of bees behind glass to admire and listen to them work.

Graffiti Gallery's Artist Mash-Up | September 26 | 10:00am-2:00pm | Plaza at The Forks Skatepark
Come check out this collaborative creation of art in action. Each artist will paint on a wooden panel or canvas before passing it along to the next artist to continue the work, all to the beat of some excellent live music. Watch some beautiful teamwork come to life in just a few short hours!

Green Action Centre's Worm Wrangler and Bike Blender | Forks Market

Kids and adults of all ages are invited to meet Green Action Centre's "worm wrangler" at The Forks. Sink your hands into a vermi-composter where worms are hard at work turning kitchen waste into rich compost. Rethink the way we feed ourselves and power our lives by hopping on our bicycle-powered blender. We've teamed up with The Smoothie Bar to provide delicious bike-blended smoothie samples - stop by to enjoy!

Aboriginal School of Dance at The Forks | September 26 | 10:00am
Join the Aboriginal School of Dance for a fun and interactive presentation for young and old. Learn about the variety and beauty of Aboriginal Dance and let us teach you a few steps.

Catch great live music throughout the weekend, including the likes of:
• Heartbeat City
• Ashlee Bart
• St. John Brebuf School Ensembles
• Shaftesbury High School Jazz Band
• Rain Hamilton
• North End Jewish Folk Choir
• Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra
• Trio Bembe
• Cassidy Mann
• Ca Claque
• Latka

Click here for the full Culture Days MB line-up and list of activities and get yourself down to The Forks to celebrate on this beautiful weekend!