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Farmers’ Market marks end of an era

Plenty of tears were wept and hugs exchanged Thursday as the Calgary Farmers’ Market closed the doors at the Currie Barracks location.

Plenty of tears were wept and hugs exchanged Thursday as the Calgary Farmers’ Market closed the doors at the Currie Barracks location.

Henry Mandelbaum and his wife, Debbie Goldstein, have been operating their coffee and gelato kiosk, Tutti Frutti, since the market opened six-and-a-half years ago, and have chosen not to move to the new location.

“We came to Canada from Colombia, South America, and we had a small-business visa,” Mandelbaum said. “At that time the market happened to be being planned ... We decided that this would be a good place to do our concept.”

Since then, he said they have built an extremely loyal client base at the market.

Longtime patron Merle Handy said she comes to the market at least once a week from Marlborough.

“We’re going to really miss them,” she said. “I love their coffee, I love their gelato and I really love the two of them.”

General manager Ken Aylesworth said the last week has been bittersweet.

“It will be a wonderful sense of fulfilment that we’ve been able to nurture the Calgary Farmers’ Market and take it out of the cradle, so to speak.”

 
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