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Moving indoors, with the Bradford Farmers' Market (10 photos)

Bradford Farmers Market returns - this time, inside the BWG Public Library

There was a time when charm bracelets, crammed with dangling charms celebrating milestones, hobbies and other interests, were immensely popular. The dangling charms though, have somewhat gone out of favour, displaced by sleeker bead-style charms and jewellery. 

Liana Davis has found a way to repurpose traditional charms, with her business, 'It's Charming.'

“I’ve embraced what charms are all about,” Davis said. “I have over 1,000 charms to choose from,” representing every kind of interest, hobby and event, “something for boys, girls, ladies and men.” 

She doesn't limit the charms to bracelets. Davis turns them into custom earrings, pendants, bookmarks, even zipper pulls.

“Let me know how you want it, and I’ll make it,” she said. “It’s really a lot of fun. It’s charming!”

Davis was one of several crafters participating in the first indoor version of the Bradford Farmers’ Market, held Saturday inside the BWG Public Library’s Zima Room.

There was fresh produce from Springh Farms and Lakeview Gardens; and for those looking for tasty treats, the pies, buttertarts, squares and Chelsea buns of Sweet Annabella’s; breads, pretzels, strudels and bagels from The Polish Baker, and cake pops, tiny maple or chocolate dipped cake donuts and cupcakes from Sweets – “They taste as delicious as they look,” said bakers Alana Smith and Sarah Balsas.

There were also crafts for the kids, noted market manager Laura Vree – this week, on a Remembrance theme.

Three more indoor Farmers’ Markets are planned at the Bradford library, 425 Holland St. West. Markets will take place Nov. 30, Dec. 14 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Zima Room. Look for local produce, fresh baking and more – including seasonal gifts and décor.

Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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