Shoppers braved the blustery weather and intermittent showers, and stayed well into the evening. They gathered around picnic tables to listen to music and catch up with friends and relatives.
The market featured an eclectic array of items including jewelry, art, sustainable skincare products and prepared foods.
Rustic hand-woven art pieces, macrame plant hangers and pillowcases made from recycled fabric waved gently in the breeze as they hung from racks bordering the street. Handmade candles and dishcloths were tied with twine and sold in bundles. Candles, food wrappers and soap made from beeswax were transported all the way from Lethbridge.
Spring vegetables like lettuce, radishes, chives and carrots were sold alongside homemade bread and sausage, and farm eggs. Tables and food trucks were loaded with baked goods and sweets, including Rice Krispies squares, bumbleberry pies, strawberry jelly and maple fudge.
Filipino cuisine was offered at the market for the first time. Shoppers enjoyed steamed bao buns filled with meat and fried vegetables, and spicy aioli sauce, and sipped refreshing glasses of buko juice, a drink traditionally made with coconut milk.
The market is hosted by the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce, and manager Stacy Benson said the event was just as successful as she expected.
The markets are held every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. until Sept. 7. At future events, shoppers can look forward to live music and appearances from local non-profits.