Farmers’ Markets open until Thanksgiving
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.