As visions of spring tantalize us at this time of year, a group of Sandy Hillers is imagining, planning, and talking up a new addition to our neighbourhood. This year, it’s the Main St. Farmers’ Market appearing in Sandy Hill!
Local foodies will be thrilled to learn of a pilot project that will see, one Saturday a month, farm fresh fruit and vegetables delivered to a Sandy Hill satellite market. “As well, we plan to incorporate the satellite market into events Sandy Hillers already love to attend: the Bettye Hyde Spring Fair on Saturday, June 1st will be the first of a number of neighbourhood favourites to include tables laden with farm fare”, says Susan Young, volunteer Board member of the Main St. Farmers’ Market and Sandy Hill resident. “We’re anxious to see if Sandy Hill will take advantage of farm produce close at hand, just as we are keen to support local, hardworking farmers”, she added.
The season’s revenues from both the Main St. and satellite markets not only ensure viable farming in our region, but also serve an additional social purpose: a share goes to help low-income residents access locally-grown food. The Sandy Hill organisers will be evaluating if a satellite market could work every Saturday in the summer of 2014. In the meantime, the Main St. Farmers’ Market will continue to take place every Saturday from May 4th to October 26th, this year at a new location: Immaculata High School.
Interested in helping out with either market? Visit www.mainfarmersmarket.org to see how you can support community-based action for local food.
Satellite market dates and sites for the rest of the summer:
- Saturday July 6, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Lawn of All Saints’ Church, Laurier Ave. E. between Chapel and Blackburn (rain location: through the red door in the All Saint’s basement hall)
- Saturday August 10, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – with Art in the Park in the north section of Strathcona Park
- Saturday September 21 (CANCELLED) – Due to the forecast for inclement weather, the market has been cancelled. Please visit the Main Street Market at St. Paul’s University.
Volunteers Needed for the third Sandy Hill Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 21st. We are seeking volunteer entertainers for children and families, as well as people to help with the farmers’ tables. Youth and students are welcome! Please contact Willow Scobie at firstname.lastname@example.org.