Community Market roaring ahead
It’s mid June and things are looking up for the Community Market being held in Gull Lake throughout the summer. So far, the response to the Community Market has been better than expected, and a few vendors have already committed to participating. According to Ed Lowenberger, chair of the Community Market Committee, 11 vendors have already confirmed their participation and the list is expected to grow.
“There is always room for more vendor’s. We can double what we currently have,” Lowenberger said. “The response from the vendors has exceeded our expectations, as we were happy to have five or six the first year.”
While the deadline has already passed, Lowenberger said that it is somewhat flexible. Any prospective vendors who are interested in selling any kind of food, however, will need to get in touch with Lowenberger as soon as possible as they require the proper paperwork and permits before they can operate.
“I will have to supply them with an information package, which contains an application for a vendor’s permit that they are require by law to fill out and send into public health,” Lowenberger said. This will be evaluated by the health inspector, and then a vendor permit will be issued directly to them from Public Health. I also have an information package outlining all the rules, regulations, table cost, dates and times.”
The hope is that community market will help encourage more people, including tourists, to come into Gull Lake to help give local business a much needed boost. There will be a variety of goods at the market that should entice both tourists and residents from the surrounding areas to visit the downtown core, and see what the community market has to offer.
“I think it will give a nice added touch to the tourist trade, as it will bring them into the community and the downtown core if nothing else than to just look and see what is being offered by the community market and other downtown merchants,” Lowenberger said. “For those that are staying in the campground, it will give [them] something extra to look at and have a walk around town. So far, we have a wide variety of vendors selling everything from produce, home-based crafts, health and body products, concrete lawn ornaments, specialty teas, [and a] food booth, to name few.
Lowenberger mentioned that every vendor will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire, which will be included in the information packages, and the information will be used to make future changes to improve the market. Also included in the information package will be a set of rules that will be strictly enforced to keep it fair for everyone.
“This promises to be an exciting time as Gull Lake, to the best of my knowledge, has never never had anything like this before,” Lowenberger said. “The hours that we will be operating has a two fold effect. It will allow the extra foot traffic to frequent the local businesses. Once these businesses close for the day, it will allow them to stop by and see what is offered at the market as well. The reason for having it on Thursdays is that way vendors can attend other farmers markets on Friday in other communities.”
Lowenberger added that he encourages all to come on out on July 4th for the first market to have a look at what is being offered, and maybe find that special something for your yard or home.
“I would like to thank the Community Market Committee and special guest in their help in bringing this together and making it a reality,” Lowenberger said.
The Community Market will be open every second Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the evening from July 4th to the end of September. Anyone interested in signing up as a vendor can contact Ed Lowenberger at 306-671-8999, or 306-672-3603.