A’Burg Famers Market opens for third season

 

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Farmers Marker (AFM) kicked off the 2012 season this past weekend.

In its third year of operation the AFM began Saturday morning with the market running every Saturday  through Sept 1 at the Malden Community & Cultural Centre.

Market manager Jody Goslin said 15 vendors were featured during opening weekend. She added the market will maintain at 15 vendors with some vendors missing a week or two.

“This is the most vendors we’ve ever had,” said Goslin. “We have a lot of the same vendors as we did in previous years, people seem to like the variety of items we offer here.”

Goslin also added that a “steady flow” of people began arriving since the market opened at 8:30.

“People starting pulling up right at 8:30,” she said. “We’re very pleased with the amount of traffic that we’ve seen today. It gives us a good indication of how the year is going to be.”

The AFM is also running in conjunction with the Amherstburg Doll Museum, located inside the Malden Community & Cultural Centre.

There will also be two occasions this summer where the AFM will be brought into the downtown core of Amherstburg. Both of those events will be on Sundays, June 10 and July 8, with Goslin noting those two dates will not impact the market at the Malden Community & Cultural Centre.

 

Chanel Bouchard (middle) and staff were very busy Saturday morning, assisting customers with their Farmer’s Market purchases.

“This is a response from what we hear from the vendors and visitors,” explained Goslin. “There are plenty of people that live in Amherstburg that have limited transportation, so we are going to bring the market to the town.”

Manager of tourism and culture, Anne Rota believes that people are starting to “buy into” the AFM.

“I think now people understand that Amherstburg Farmers Market is here to stay,” said Rota. “The entire “Buy Local” campaign is really kicked in.”

Chanel Bouchard of Bouchard Gardens said the AFM is a great way for the community to come together and support local growers.

“We love coming out here,” said Bouchard. “I think the people who come out here enjoy it as well. We get great support from the community.”

Bouchard also mentioned that the AFM is a great way of promoting their business.

“We’ve handed out a lot of business cards today,” she said. “We’re in a good location because people like what we have here, they can just drive up two more kilometers and stop by Bouchard Gardens.”

The market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information on the Amherstburg Farmers Market, call 519-736-8545 or visit www.amherstburgfarmersmarket.com.

 

 

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