MANOTICK - The Manotick Farmer’s Market is growing faster than its vendors’ vegetables as it gears up for an expanded season in Dickinson Square.
The market opens on Saturday, June 1, three weeks earlier than last year, and will run every Saturday until Thanksgiving weekend.
New vendors are setting up shop, including a bakery and several local meat producers.
But it’s all the extras planned for the season that make the market an exciting destination this summer.
Market president Paul Mussell, who owns Carmel Farms south of Manotick, said the market has a long list of community activities planned for the season.
“We’re trying to have something happen every weekend,” he said.
Whether it’s an event run by Watson’s Mill - such as the Manotick art show in June - or market-run activities like a horse-drawn wagon, Mussell said there’s always more than fresh food available.
Each week the market will offer a free community tent, where non-profit groups can promote their organization and reach out to visitors. The market will also feature a different product each week.
On July 6 the market will offer free horse-drawn wagon rides around the square. On August 10, an Authors Day will invite local writers to promote their books. Hockey expert Liam Maguire is already confirmed, Mussell said.
Mussell said he is still looking for local entertainers to do some busking in the park as well.
Osgoode resident Christina Leese, who owns the Hot Potato Co. food truck which offers local, gourmet baked potatoes, said the market will start its season on an exciting foot as it takes part in the Dickinson Days parade on Friday, May 31.
“I’m excited; it should be lots of fun,” she said.
The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 1 to tie in with Dickinson Days, the village’s annual community celebration. Regular market hours will return on June 8, when the market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Leese’s company participates in several farmers’ markets around the city, but she said Manotick’s market is special.
“It’s a very healthy, vibrant market,” she said, adding that she loves how local everything is. “Literally the source of my food is all around me. I can’t think of a nicer place to park (my truck).”
For more information visit www.manotickfarmersmarket.com.