Lo­cal Mar­ket Opens in Time for Straw­ber­ries

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

The very pop­u­lar Stanstead Lo­cal Mar­ket of last sum­mer will be op­er­at­ing again this year, with open­ing day be­ing Sun­day, June 26, at 10:30 AM. Stanstead Col­lege has gen­er­ously of­fered the use their grounds once again, so the mar­ket will be ac­ces­si­ble via the front gates of the school.

The mar­ket was a great suc­cess last sum­mer for many rea­sons, the pri­mary of which was the con­ve­nient avail­abil­ity of lo­cal pro­duce and crafts. The fes­tive at­mos­phere of our mar­ket was an im­por­tant fac­tor that prompted many to re­turn weekly and helped the mar­ket’s grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity. Eva Juul, one of the mar­ket or­ga­niz­ers, spoke of the feed­back re­ceived last year, stat­ing that ap­pre­ci­a­tion was ex­pressed by those lo­cals pleased to have ac­cess to fresh, lo­cal pro­duce with­out trav­el­ing to other towns.

This year’s mar­ket will be open­ing ear­lier in or­der not to miss the straw­berry sea­son. New ven­dors will be join­ing the ever-grow­ing num­ber of mer­chants this sum­mer. New com­ers will in­clude a cer­ti­fied bi­o­log­i­cal farmer, of­fer­ing or­ganic pro­duce, and Le Lapin de Stanstead, of­fer­ing fresh rab­bit meat. There is some talk of hav­ing pic­nic ta­bles and of­fer­ing bar­be­qued rab­bit and bi­son on site as well, but whether this will be weekly has not yet been de­cided.

The at­mos­phere of our lo­cal mar­ket was re­ally the driv­ing force in its` rapid growth. Mu­si­cians play mu­sic on site, while face paint­ing and bal­loons are of­ten avail­able for the chil­dren. Any­body can take part in the mar­ket, as crafts and edible goods will also be avail­able. Lo­cal ven­dors will be of­fer­ing fresh pro­duce, both fruit and veg­eta­bles, while other ven­dors of­fer jelly, wine, fair-trade cof­fee, and smoked salmon and trout. Vis­i­tors may also shop for crafts, soaps, jew­ellery and beeswax can­dles, to name a few.

The ide­ol­ogy be­hind the en­deav­our was to cre­ate a lo­cal mar­ket that al­lows us to sup­port our lo­cal en­ter­prises, while en­joy­ing a friendly, com­mu­nity-ori­ented weekly event. Our mar­ket is grow­ing, which ben­e­fits lo­cal busi­nesses and shop­pers alike. Af­ter all, spend­ing our money lo­cally helps keep our com­mu­nity fi­nan­cially strong. Any­body in­ter­ested in tak­ing part should con­tact Bev­erly Good­sell or Eva Juul for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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Peo­ple en­joyed shop­ping at last year’s Farmer’s Mar­ket in Stanstead.

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