Amherstburg Farmers Market adds a second location to include a mid- week day at Toddy Jones Park

 

The Amherstburg Farmers Market will expand and come weekly to Toddy Jones Park every  Tuesday this summer.

The Amherstburg Farmers Market will expand and come weekly to Toddy Jones Park every Tuesday this summer.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Farmers Market (AFM) is adding a second location this summer and it will be in the downtown core of the community.

AFM will operate every Tuesday at Toddy Jones Park between May 17-Oct. 11 from 2-7 p.m. That is in addition to the existing AFM which runs Saturdays at the Malden Community and Cultural Centre (the “little white church”).

Manager of tourism and culture Anne Rota stated “the AFM has had an overwhelming demand to bring the farm fresh experience to the downtown urban setting.” She said there will be a focus on locally produced fruits and vegetables from farmers as well as crafters from the area. She said AFM is a member of the Ontario Farmers Market and a “Grown Right Here” supporter.

“It’s really great to see the support the Farmers Market garners from our local community. Besides being able to shop on Saturdays in the unique rural setting of Malden, people will be able to pick up their dinner and other items on the way home each Tuesday evening right here in town!” said Rota.

In a report to town council, Rota noted that an average of 14-16 local vendors come to the existing location in Malden every Saturday during the season.

“The AFM association employs a seasonal manager who manages the Saturday

operations, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. from May to mid-October inclusive,” she said. “Special information events that relate to farm growing, food production and ‘green’ initiatives where consumers meet the growers are also a part of the AFM’s objectives.” Rota added that AFM aims to “raise the profile of local food producers and entrepreneurs by giving them a venue in which to sell their goods while educating the public about the rich agricultural and creative diversity that exists in Essex County.”

In its fifth season, the AFM has had overwhelming requests from the general

public and positive desire from the vendors to add an additional “Market Day” in

the downtown location to their operation.

Councillor Bart DiPasquale wondered why Tuesday was selected with Rota stating that vendors were polled with that day being found best to accommodate a second day.

Vendors would have to sign up for mandatory participation at the Malden location and have the option to join the downtown location for the Tuesday date. A rental fee of $1,000 will be paid to the town for the use of Toddy Jones Park for the 2014 season, Rota stated.

AFM is looking for new vendors to join this exciting new initiative. Applications are available at www.amherstburgfarmersmarket.com.

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