BUZZon.com
Submit Event

From the Noticeboard

PEI Sociable Singles

PEI Sociable Singles is a non-profit, non-denominational, social group with members age 40 and over. [ ... ]

Start with a Seedling

Start with a Seedling is a unique intergenerational program that brings together community volunteer [ ... ]

Summerside Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings

Way Up West
by Jan Cox

Summerside Farmers’ Market gets busy (photo: Jan Cox)"Love the people, love the kids,” declares longtime Summerside Farmers’ Market vendor Ranald MacFarlane. Mr. MacFarlane, who owns Pleasant Pork, offers free meat samples and hand stamps (a pig of course) to the children. “There’s a large playroom at the Market. Sometimes it’s the kids bringing their parents,” he says, “It’s just so much fun here.”

That’s a sentiment echoed by The Waffle Lady, Caitlin Davies. “I love it. It’s my second home, this is my fun life. I’ve been here since the beginning and now I see my regular customer’s kids growing up.”

The “beginning” of the Farmers’ Market was July 2008. A group of four or five vendors, farmers and gardeners, had to relocate from the Summerside wharf. “Arnold Croken and Arthur Davies negotiated this space (a wonderful brick and rock basement area) with the Summerside Area Development Corporation,” said former Market manager Gerry Reichheld. Current manager Don MacDonald added, “It’s been a success since day one. We are small enough that folks have an opportunity to talk with the producers, there’s no rush, yet we offer a wide variety of goods.”

There are forty vendors (plus a waiting list) offering everything from honey to sprout kits, potatoes to custom woodworking. Mike Taylor, of The Bony Broth, has been a vendor for over two years. “I love it. The crowds are consistent. We are very well supported by the people of Summerside,” he commented.

The Summerside Farmers’ Market Co-op president, Brian MacKay (also of Crystal Green Farms) said, “It’s such a positive atmosphere here. It’s a great place to socialize. We are local producers working for the good of the Market and for the good of our local customers.”

Indeed one of the Market policies is, “The market will be a ‘farmer’s market’ with special priority given to primary producers and farmers.” This is not to say that craft vendors are not welcome. New to the Market on October 14 was Jacinthe Sabourin, JC’s Creations. Ms. Sabourin makes decorative covers for toothbrushes (electrical or manual). Several of her friends told her to apply for a spot at the Summerside Market. She says that she was pleased with the traffic flow.

With a large sit down eating area, four hot food booths plus a coffee kiosk, there’s no need to hurry through your morning. The Farmers’ Market at 250 Water Street is open every Saturday, year round, from 9 am to 1 pm. And there really is something for everyone.

Events Calendar

October 2018
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31

Some Upcoming Events

Spook Organa!

Pipe organ program for Halloween at St. Peter’s Cathedral October 28
St. Peter's Cathedral   [ ... ]

Backstage Pass Series

Intimate music series with Lloyd Spiegal October 24
Harbourfront Theatre Lloyd Spiegel is a trail [ ... ]

BlacKkKlansman

October 26–November 1
City Cinema 14A, coarse language, violence, disturbing content
Dir: Spik [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

Triple threat

Profile: Emma Fugate by Jane Ledwell Emma Fugate has three different business cards: “One for my [ ... ]

FIN Film Fest winners

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival is an eight-day celebration of film, media and music from t [ ... ]

Islanders nominated for Canadian Folk Mu...

The Canadian Folk Music Awards announced the nominees for their 14th edition to be held November 30 [ ... ]