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Local vendors provide homegrown goods

July 28 the first market of the season was underway

People in the R.M. of Pipestone and surrounding areas anticipated the arrival of fresh homegrown and homemade products available at the Farmer’s Market in Reston, Man.
On Thursday, July 28 the first market of the season was underway at 9:00 a.m. sharp in a shady spot between Fine Foods grocery store and Hidden Treasures Thrift store.
Lorna Milliken is coordinator of the Farmer’s Markets and is anxiously waiting to see how the season is going to go. With a slow start to planting this spring, the markets may start a little later than usual. “We try and open the end of July because things start to get ready in the garden and then go right to the end of September,” says Milliken.
Milliken’s products are all fresh vegetables and each table normally has a variety of different produces and items to choose from. “It is not a big enough market to have too many of the same thing so it works out well that way,” says Milliken.
The farmer’s market runs on Thursdays instead of Fridays, as the community and area residents sometimes leave town to go camping on the weekends. Milliken adds they also decided to hold their markets on Thursdays, so they don’t interfere with other markets around the area.
Vendor Danille Ducharme was born and raised around Reston and is happy to be setting up a stand to provide jams, jellies and pickles. “I just live down the road from the family homestead and this year I want to do pepper jellies and pie filling,” says Ducharme. Find her on Facebook @ Aunt Dee Dee’s Preserves.
 The Ducharmes bought a 10-acre farm five years ago, just north of Reston, and they have two big gardens in which they try and grow a multitude of vegetables. Danille says her husband usually runs their farmer’s market business because she works full-time and admits her hobby is creating all the preserves. 
Reston’s market runs Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. until the end of September. If it happens to rain, the vendors will move over to the little shed at the lumber yard just down the street. 

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