Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market Ready to Kick Off

This spring and summer are full of new ventures for local foods in Kingston. The Village Co-op is hoping to open their doors in August. Limestone Organic Creamery will begin delivery farm fresh milk this month.

The launching of another Farmers’ Market in the Bennett Barn at the Memorial Center is probably the most exciting of all the new local food venues.

It was a struggle to get the one year pilot project granted the green light. At first there was a worry about a new market at 303 York Street causing competition with the Downtown Market. After many city council discussions around the topic the Farmers’ Market Association of Kingston and local vendors are setting up shop on May 20th and running until October 21st.

The grand opening promises to set the tone for a season that will hopefully prove the need and interest in another local farmers’ market. Along with vendors for local produce, soap, knitting and quilting products, local beef, pork, lamb and rabbit, Mediterranean foods, and a ready to eat food concession there will be live music and a children’s activity area.

The market is set to run on Sundays from 9am to 2pm and will include local farm vendors Roots Down Organic Farm, Fiddlehead Farm, Haanover View Farms, and Main St. Market among others.

I happen to live almost squarely in the middle of the Memorial Centre and Downtown. I appreciate the Antique Market that takes over the downtown square on Sundays, but there has been quite a few times I’ve wished I could trade off the old glass bottles and vintage furniture for two days of local produce.

I’m also excited to see what events and activities the community will put on to create an identity for this new market. From what I’ve heard May 20th is going to be a great start.

To keep up to date on the new Farmer’s Market you can find them at their website (memorialcentrefarmersmarket.ca) or their facebook page (Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market)

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