By Jessica Duncan
Saturday, May 6, saw the corner of Superior and Menzies come springing back to life as if we’d never even endured a long, tedious winter. Some keen vendors had their tents pitched and were raring to go as early as 8:00am, and there were plenty of customers ready to commence the 2017 farmers’ market season by 9:00 sharp. The market was buzzing with happy people the entire day!
There seems to be an interesting phenomenon where the James Bay Community Market just seems to get better and better with each year. This year we have a full market with lots of new and interesting wares for sale, as well as the long-time vendors bringing you your favourite products. There is a wonderful variety of teas, and sauces, baked goods, granolas, bread mixes, beef, and freshly grown produce available among the wondrous crafts, arts, jewellery, soaps and clothing. Whether you are shopping for your weekly groceries, or seeking a unique gift for yourself or some one else, James Bay Market is the place to go. For the gardeners among you, you will definitely want to visit Luke at his ‘Art Farm’ booth. He offers a large selection of indoor and outdoor plants for sale, as well as a wealth of information on local gardening.
While we will have to wait another week or two for some of our regular farmers to have enough produce to sell, there are still plenty of reasons to visit your community farmers’ market each Saturday. As well as the growing number of vendors, there is a new food truck, Pepperman’s Grill, offering a tasty selection of items from local butcher Glenwood Meats on Portofino buns. Of course, you will also find the International Women’s Food Collective as well as the mini-donut truck. Or, you can just grab a cup of freshly brewed Mile 0 coffee to sip while you sit back and enjoy the music.
This season we are happy to bring back the Breakwater Market at Odgen Point, opening June 25 from 11:00am to 4:00pm with live local music, food trucks and a great array of local crafters.
The James Bay Market Association is a driving force that is committed to bringing the community the opportunity to buy locally produced, clean, farm-to-table food and locally made crafts. We look forward to celebrating summer with you at the James Bay Market each Saturday from now until the end of September, and at the Breakwater Market on Sundays starting June 25.