The Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market has been holding special event days once a month this past summer, but it seems they’re ramping up their roster of special guests in the last few weeks of the season. Two weeks ago Canadian funny-man Red Green was in attendance, and this coming Saturday, a gold-medalist will be shaking hands and signing autographs.
Jamie Adjetey-Nelson, who brought home the gold medal for his win in the decathlon at the Commonwealth Games in India earlier this month, is a University of Windsor alumnus and winner of Windsor’s 2009 Olympic Shield Athlete of the Year award. From day one of the competition he commanded the leaderboard, and beat out Brent Newdick of New Zealand (silver medalist) and Martin Brockman from England (bronze) with 8070 points. Adjetey-Nelson will be on hand from 10am to 12pm to meet his fellow Windsorites.
Also at the market this Saturday will be representatives of the OneChange campaign, who will be handing out free tire gauges (while supplies last). OneChange is a national effort that encourages Canadians to make one small change, like switching your porch light to an energy efficient bulb or making sure your tires are adequately inflated, in order to increase our energy efficiency.
Making their third appearance at the market, the Ohkwa•lí Native Crafts crew will be selling their indigenous gifts and at 10am, they’ll offer a native craft workshop for anyone who wants to take home something special. If you have someone on your gift list that enjoys aboriginal art, be sure to check out their booth, as it’s chock full of moccasins, jewelery, artwork, t-shirts, belt buckles, drums and other great gift ideas.
Most importantly, the stars of the market will be out in full force. Fall raspberries, apples, pears, eggplant, hot peppers, beans, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, chard and other green and leafies are in abundance now, at the height of the harvest. And as always, every kid that visits the information booth will get to take home a gift!
Come on out and meet a local hero, hear the stories of past heroes, and become a hero yourself this weekend at the market! The Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market runs from 8am to 1pm, at the old Greyhound bus depot at 44 University Avenue East.