Marilee Pittman loves to spend her Saturdays checking out all the crafts, food and music at the Wonderful Fine Market.
“There’s always something new and interesting, so it’s just a great place to come,” Pittman said as she checked out all the sights and sounds.
“The atmosphere is wonderful and everybody is so friendly.”
The final day of the season for the Wonderful Fine Market — a one-stop shopping experience for those looking for neat products created by local people — saw a big crowd on hand at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 13 in Corner Brook.
She has enjoyed meeting other people in the community and she sets a budget for every trek she makes. Sometimes she goes over her budget, other times she doesn’t purchase anything, but she always has fun chatting with people and checking out all the food and music that is on display from September to Christmas.
“I just love seeing what people are doing to see how creative they are and meeting new people,” she said.
Lydia Higgins is one of the local vendors who has embraced the Wonderful Fine Market concept by selling her baked goods — everything from Jam Jams to banana breads to date squares.
Business has been great this year, she said. She sells out of her wares every week.
It’s a labour of love for the Corner Brook woman. She spends about 20 hours preparing her treats for market and she takes pride in the love she puts into every item.
A guarantee on freshness may be one of the reasons why she has no problem unloading her products every Saturday.
“My conscious won’t let me bake before Friday because I want to make really sure everything is fresh,” she said.
It’s been a blur for her really. She found it hard to believe Saturday was the last day and now she has to wait until next year to do it all over again.
She appreciates the opportunity given to local vendors by the movers and shakers behind the Wonderful Fine Market.
“It’s an outlet for people to come and support the local businesses instead of the box stores,” she said.