Local Market Opens in Time for Strawberries
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.
People enjoyed shopping at last year’s Farmer’s Market in Stanstead.