Old Friends, New Faces: Main Farmers’ Market returns to OOE with a splash

By Sue Cavanaugh

‘Twas a soggy start to Farmers Market season in OOE, May 6. And yet, the rain hardly dampened the enthusiasm of residents pleased to see the return of their beloved vendors, forced by Main street construction to take a two-year sabbatical at the grounds of the Museum of Nature. The market will run every Saturday until October 28 at the parking lot adjacent to Singing Pebble Books. Credit: Peter Croal

‘Twas a soggy start to Farmers Market season in OOE, May 6. And yet, the rain hardly dampened the enthusiasm of residents pleased to see the return of their beloved vendors, forced by Main street construction to take a two-year sabbatical at the grounds of the Museum of Nature. The market will run every Saturday until October 28 at the parking lot adjacent to Singing Pebble Books. Credit: Peter Croal

After spending two seasons at the Museum of Nature, the Main Farmers’ Market made its return to Old Ottawa East last month.

With this spring’s historic levels of rain and flooding across the region, it wasn’t a surprise showers met opening day, May 6. But the wet weather didn’t dampen customers’ or vendors’ enthusiasm.

David Coyne, market manager and OOE resident, was happy to see people break out their umbrellas, stop in to say hello and do some shopping.

“It’s early in the season, so we’re not at full-strength yet,” he said. “Our vendors still have some great offerings, such as organic pea shoots and arugula from Roots Down farm, local grass-fed meat from Kitley Beef Farm, and all things maple from Garland Sugar Shack.”

In addition to returning favourites, the market is welcoming some new vendors. Their unique products will add to the diversity of the goods on offer. They include organic farmers, bakers, a small-batch kombucha maker, and a cold-pressed coffee brewer. The children’s booth is also back, with face painting and crafts, thanks to the wonderful volunteers from Celebration Church.

The market is a great way to spend a Saturday. Meet your neighbours, enjoy some delicious prepared food. It is believed the market is the only community-run, not-for-profit farmers’ market in Ontario. As such, the market depends on public support.

In its new location, beside Singing Pebble Books in the Green Door plaza at 210 Main St., the market is open every Saturday until October 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For updates about market vendors, musical guests and special events, follow them on Facebook (@mainfarmmarket613), Instagram (@mainmarketottawa) and Twitter (@mainfarmmarkott). There are many activities planned this year, ensuring the market will be fun and fresh all the way through the season.

The market gratefully acknowledges the support of the Mainstreeter and the Green Door restaurant. For more information, visit mainfarmersmarket.org.

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