Northern Stores carry food and general merchandise, serving remote, Northern Canadian communities. Northern is the first shopping choice in its markets thanks to consistently superior local selection, being in stock at the right time, helpful, friendly service and unwavering community support.
Welcome to the Desnedé Farmers Market, where our commitment is to fresh, locally made, grown, harvested or baked products. We promote handmade and locally grown goods that help the community grow into a healthier and greener community with an emphasis on shopping local.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Desnedé Farmers Market (DFM) please read the vendor handbook for detailed information and complete the vendor application form. (attached below)
If you will be selling food you are required to complete an application for a Temporary Food Establishment Permit submitted and approved through the Environmental Health Office prior to selling at the DFM on Saturdays. The application is filled out once and the permit is good for the duration of the season.
All forms can be found in the DFM Vendor Application package, see attached document below.
Please provide verification for the Temporary Food permit to the DFM organizers prior to setting up.
How the Desnedé Farmers Market got its Name
The Desnedé Farmer’s Market was named to honour the truly mighty river to which Fort Smith and the surrounding communities owe their existence. There are several dialects of the Chipewyan language, other Dene languages, Cree, and French that may be heard spoken in this community of many nations. Although the river is known by many names, Desnedé, the Mighty River (Des), is that of the Chipewyan Dene Suline. ‘Desnede’ is spelled differently in some places when it is written in Roman script because there is no equivalent for the ‘d’ sound which is close to ‘dth’ in pronunciation.
At a time when communities in the North are recapturing traditional place names, the market’s founding board was encouraged to use this name for the river in the market’s name. Native speakers of the language welcomed the use of ‘Desnedé’, a word that sounds very beautiful when spoken and best reflects the nature of our river.
The Rusty Raven is a local business at home in a rustic, quirky historic building in the town centre. We have a gallery, gift shop and custome picture framing shop along with a full service coffee bar.
We feature local and northern art and fine craft, unique souvenirs, and gifts for everyone.
Full Service Coffee & Espresso Bar
Handcrafted lattes, cappuccinos, and specialty teas and coffees from an extensive menu plus fresh treats baked daily on site.
Custom Picture Framing
Our framer is qualified and has 13 years of experience. We can custom frame almost anything! We have a wide selection of mats and custom picture frames for your photos and artwork with more than 800 mouldings in a variety of sizes and styles. We have a high-tech computerized mat cutter giving us the capability for large production jobs.