Last Saturday was opening day of the 2011 Downtown Farmers Market, and it was a sell out! By 10:00 am most farmers had already sold out of popular foods and by noon, almost every vendor table was empty. The crowd favourite was strawberries, and they were snapped up by early birds eager to enjoy the amazing county-grown fruit. The market is also a huge perk to businesses located nearby the market site, including Maroon Bros. who were busy serving up their $5 breakfast.
Following the success of opening day and after a visit by one individual, two new farmers have decided to join the market starting this Saturday. Jones Popcorn will be featuring kettle corn and three different types of kernels for home popping; the corn is pesticide-free and grown on Mr. Jones’ farm in Blytheswood.
Roosters Farm Market has also signed up and will bring fresh vegetables from their Amherstburg farm, including a variety of Asian vegetables like Ching Change cabbage and bok choi.
Visit the market this week, and expect to see currants, strawberries, kale, lettuce, bok choi, herbs, peas, beans, zucchini, bunching onions, tomatoes, Ching Chang cabbage, Chinese radish, garlic scapes, peppers, and maple syrup, as well as wildflowers, planters and window boxes.
On top of all the local produce, special guests this week include Science City and the Border City Brawlers (BCB). Science City will offer hands-on science discovery for children of all ages and will be visiting the market each month to entertain and educate. Members from the BCB roller derby team will be on hand to meet the public and answer questions about this fast-growing sport. The market has donated a local food basket that they will be raffling off along with some BCB gear. Starting at 11:00 am, the BCB will host free roller skating across the road at the Windsor Armories.