Sunday, 19 August 2012

The New Westboro Farmers' Market

Hervé of H&H Lacroix Greenhouses and Garden
I've been feeling a bit like a favoured auntie this summer, being lucky enough to attend the births of two brand spanking new local Farmers' Markets during my annual visit to the old country.

First, the Manotick Farmers' Market was relaunched back in June and today, the new Farmers' Market in Westboro made its stunning début.

You couldn't have asked for a better day.  The temperature was barely in the 20's, the air was clear, and the sky was a crystal blue.

Shaded by a canopy of mature maple trees, about 30 vendors lined both sides of the long, straight side walk on the grassy boulevard between Richmond and Byron Avenues.    This fall, it will be stunning to see the market surrounded by brilliant colours when all the leaves on all those maple trees start changing.

Young and old were out and about and the Market was working its charm, creating a lively, spirited place for a community to gather and bond.

By 10AM, customers were thick and the general buzz in the crowd was that they were happy that at last, a Farmers' Market had finally arrived on their doorsteps.  Based on the plentiful bags of goodies that people were carrying away with them, the vendors had reason to be happy too.

Many of my favourite local vendors were there along with some new faces and based on today's positive reception, I expect more vendors will be joining them soon.

Congratulations to proud papa Robin Turner and the Ottawa Farmers' Market board, staff, and volunteers for a job well done.  

Let's hope there are many more additions to the happy family.

Proud papa Robin Turner of Roots and Shoots Farm ready for his close up

Carolina and her beautiful sweets
Late summer's bounty

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