Hooray! Hooray! It’s nearly May!
James Bay Market
By Jessica Duncan
Photos by Kate King
Not sure about you, but, to me, time seems to be flying faster and faster these days. In spite of the past few dark months of snow and rain and all forms of precipitation, it really feels like a mere few weeks since we were last gathering together as a community at our favourite farmers market. With time zipping, May 5 will be here in the blink of an eye and, once again, we’ll be grabbing our re-usable shopping bags and heading down to the corner of Menzies and Superior to pick up where we left off at the James Bay Market.
As with everything, change is inevitable, and there will be a few changes this year again at the James Bay Community Market. Many of your favourite, long-time vendors will be returning, but a few will not. As always, there will be new faces as well, bringing new wares for you to enjoy. Throughout the months of March and April the volunteer board members of the James Bay Market Society work tirelessly to sort through applications and assess the goods of potential vendors, to ensure that all items brought to market for sale are either made, baked or grown by the seller. Be sure to come by the market on May 5 to see which farmers, cooks, brewers and artisans will be filling your shopping bags this summer.
“But what can I buy in May?” I hear you ask. Our friendly farmers have been busy since January starting plants that you will be able to take home to grow to fruition in the comfort of your own garden. They will also have plenty of winter vegetables, salad greens, and whatever early wonders they have managed to coax out of their greenhouses. The artisans have been busy all winter creating jewellery, soap, cosmetics, cards, paintings, clothing and all things both beautiful and useful. And then there is the ever growing number of innovative local food processors who will be selling teas, sauces, preserves, baked goods, bread, granola and other culinary delights. Added to this list is a fantastic source of ethically raised beef, and a fine selection of local beer, wine, cider and spirit vendors. You will definitely not go home empty handed as the market season starts. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to enjoy some hot food, fresh coffee and live music.
The James Bay Community Market has been showing up at the corner of Menzies and Superior every spring for a very long time now. For the past twenty plus years, this market has been bringing the community together, feeding the community healthful, locally produced food, supporting local artisans and farmers, and basically doing its part in making the world a kinder, gentler place. Everybody who participates plays an integral part in keeping the magic alive year after year – vendors, board members, customers, musicians, and neighbours. The market would not be the continued success it is without all of us participating. In a world that can feel overwhelming and somewhat insane, visiting the James Bay Community Market every week is a great way to make a small, but positive impact for yourself, your neighbourhood, and the world at large. Consider that your patronage of the market vendors is like the pebble thrown into the water, causing ripples for miles. The global power of individual actions is phenomenal, so when you visit your neighbourhood farmers market, you are adding a little good sense in a world that seems to make little sense at all. Do yourself and the world a favour, mark your calendar, and get yourself ready to help us start off the 2018 market season on May 5.
The James Bay Market runs from 9am-3pm every Saturday from May 5 to September 29. It is located at the corner of Menzies and Superior. There is street parking available and the market is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.