Morden will be home to some extra shopping choices this weekend as an outdoor market sets up in Morden Park.
Fawn and Cub Outdoor Artisan Market will feature over 90 Manitoba artisans, and is only the first in a series of artisan markets organizer Ashley Funk has planned.
Funk, owner of The Olive Tree in Morden, already sells some locally made items from her store, and has seen the demand for local products grow. “I’ve seen over the past two years people are wanting more high quality, handmade things and there’s a real push right now to support local,” she said. “We thought that we were going to do a small children’s artisan tent and have it in the parking lot.”
Funk said once they announced the market, she became flooded with emails from people that wanted to be a part. “We realized we needed to make it a lot bigger,” she said. “Everybody was interested, it wasn’t just people with children’s stuff.”
Funk decided to move the location to Morden Park and get more tents, and now the market will feature over 90 artisans from all over the province.
Products and artisans will be coming from as far away as Gimli, Brandon, Steinbach and Flin Flon to show off their wares.
“It’s huge,” Funk said. “We’ve been talking about doing this for well over a year, doing some kind of big event like this. It’s amazing how many people want to get involved and want to be a part of it.”
“We want to make this a huge thing for the future,” she added. “This is just us getting started and launching it.”
Funk already has a Christmas market planned for December 1 at the Morden Friendship & Activity Centre, and she said that market is almost fully booked already. A date and location is being planned for a spring market.
“Especially with our store, we’ve seen an outpouring of support and encouragement,” Funk said. “We know what it’s like starting off our own business and it’s terribly hard. When we have people coming in wanting to sell their stuff to us, I get it. I know where they’re coming from, so putting on an event like this is really important for people to see what kind of talent is out there.”
“There’s a big push to shop small and support local,” she added. “We wanted to contribute to that.”
The market offers a VIP time to shop between 1 and 3 p.m., but Funk said those tickets sold out in 28 minutes.
Fawn and Cub runs September 8 from 3 to 9 p.m. in Morden Park. Tickets are $2. The market will have food, music and a small farmers’ market outside, and will also feature a kids’ market so the ‘mini-entrepreneurs’ can sell things like bracelets, Lego figures and soaps.