Farm­ers’ Mar­kets open un­til Thanks­giv­ing

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Now that the fall sea­son has of­fi­cially ar­rived, the lo­cal farmer’s mar­kets will soon be end­ing, most hold­ing their fi­nal mar­ket on the week­end of Thanks­giv­ing. Stanstead’s Marché Pub­lic will take place the next two Sun­days, from 10:30 to 12:30 pm, on the grounds of beau­ti­ful Stanstead Col­lege. “We’re start­ing to see more fall squash at the mar­ket and other fall veg­eta­bles, lots more toma­toes. Peo­ple are stock­ing up on their honey for the win­ter,” said mar­ket or­ga­nizer Har­vey Stevens, of Stevens Or­chard. Sev­eral ap­ple va­ri­eties, such as Gala, Ma­coun and Cort­land will be avail­able in Stanstead, as well as baked goods and smoked sal­mon prod­ucts. Lo­cal ar­ti­sans sell­ing stained glass, wooden bowls, hand­made soap and jew­elry will also be at the Stanstead pub­lic mar­ket the next two Sun­days.

“We added more ven­dors this year and we have had a lot of nice com­ments from vis­i­tors pass­ing through town who stop. They love the grounds of Stanstead Col­lege,” com­mented Mr. Stevens. This mar­ket also has a fun pro­mo­tion go­ing on, the brain­child of or­ga­niz­ers Marika Par­enteau and Dar­lene Lussier. Shop­pers at the mar­ket who put their name into a box get the chance to win $25 worth of ‘Stanstead mar­ket money’.

“We’re al­ways happy to see peo­ple stay and have a sec­ond cup of cof­fee at the mar­ket, and we ap­pre­ci­ate the lo­cal peo­ple who stop as well. The ba­sic suc­cess model of a farmer’s mar­ket is to have lo­cal peo­ple take ad­van­tage of the lo­cal pro­duce and we’ve seen an in­crease every year in shop­ping lo­cally; it’s gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity,” con­cluded Mr. Stevens.

The Ayer’s Cliff Farm­ers’ Mar­ket will be open two more Satur­days on the Ayer’s Cliff Fair­grounds, 10:30 to 12:30 pm, un­til Oc­to­ber 8th. On that day, the mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment will be the Ayer’s Cliff Farm­ers’ Mar­ket house band. North Hatley’s Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, which is on Satur­day from 10:00 am to noon at River Park, con­tin­ues un­til Oc­to­ber 8th. The Farm­ers’ Mar­kets in Ge­orgeville, Len­noxville and Man­sonville, all held on Satur­day morn­ings, will also hold their last sales on Oc­to­ber 8th, giv­ing Thanks­giv­ing din­ner cooks a chance to find fan­tas­tic, fresh pro­duce for their feasts.

With the end of the tourist sea­son, it is the Ayer’s Cliff Mar­ket’s loyal lo­cals who keep the sale go­ing.

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