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Locke Street Farmers' Market a Great Success

By Jason Leach
Published June 17, 2010

Today was the opening of the new Locke Street Farmers' Market and by all accounts it was a great success.

Locke Street Farmers' Market Opening
Locke Street Farmers' Market Opening

There was a great vibe at the location with live acoustic guitars and plenty of great local food vendors. I was impressed with the variety of options available. Meats, breads, fruits, veggies and specialty condiments such as maple butter and jams were on display and the crowds appeared to be in a buying mood.

It was great to purchase some bread from the folks opening The Bread Bar on Locke. I suspect they are about to embark on a successful venture given the quality of their product.

Let's hope this location is successful long term and that the local neighbourhood continues to support the market.

The market runs every Thursday from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.

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By moylek (registered) - website | Posted June 18, 2010 at 07:06:35

Where is the market, exactly?

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 18, 2010 at 08:09:07

It's in the Fenian Films parking lot at 211 Locke St. S.

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By highwater (registered) | Posted June 18, 2010 at 10:11:11

Hey, Moylek! The Westdale Farmer's Market is apparently starting up again this Saturday from 9am - 1pm. It almost wasn't a go, so we Westdalers better get out and support it if we want to see it continue.

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By Mr. Meister (anonymous) | Posted June 18, 2010 at 23:51:52

How many actual farmers are selling their wares at these markets?

What is the attraction to buying your produce there (or downtown or Ottawa ST.) when it the same produce bought at the same wholesale market but costs more than that at our grocery stores? Later in the year more local produce (other than strawberries) will make an appearance and actually set them apart.

IF any of these locations had real farmers selling their own locally raised products I would be there in a heartbeat. I often buy produce from roadside stands out Grimsby way, hard to beat a peach that was still on the tree a couple hours ago.

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By jason (registered) | Posted June 19, 2010 at 08:28:12

Here's the list of vendors. It is a local food market.

http://hamiltoneatlocal.blogspot.com/201...

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By adam2 (anonymous) | Posted June 20, 2010 at 00:01:39

Sure it is great to drive all the way out the grimsby to pick up a couple baskets of peaches, but doesn't it make more sense for the farmers to drive to the community and have everyone who lives in the area walk or bike to the market?

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By Mr. Meister (anonymous) | Posted June 21, 2010 at 01:15:40

I agree it makes more sense for the peaches to be brought into the city. I have gone to the markets and pretty much everyone there is just another vendor buying their wares at the wholesale market.

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By highwater (registered) | Posted June 21, 2010 at 09:39:36

That may be true of the downtown 'Farmer's' Market, but I don't know what other 'markets' you are referring to, unless you are talking about other municipalities. The Ottawa, Locke, Dundas, and Westdale markets are virtually all producers.

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By Mr. Meister (anonymous) | Posted June 27, 2010 at 02:24:22

I drove by the westdale market last Saturday and saw he was selling bananas. When did they become local produce for anyone? To the best of my knowledge the gentleman who started the Westdale Market produced nothing. He started it to sell hard to find, at the time, organic produce.

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