I recently had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Ottawa Farmers’ Market and City staff to discuss the possibility of a Farmers’ Market here in Stittsville. Both the Ottawa Farmers’ Market and I feel that this would be a great venture for the community and would see great success here in Stittsville.
We met at Village Square Park at the corner of Stittsville Main Street and Abbott Street East and discussed the benefits of having the market at this location as it is a focal point of the community. Other locations in the community were also discussed for the market if it requires additional space to grow.
While there is still more work to be done to get the project moving forward, I wanted to share this a-peeling news with the community. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market currently operates the markets at Lansdowne Park, Byron Park in Westboro and at the Ray Friel Center in Orleans.
It is anticipated that a market in Stittsville would operate similar to the Orleans market, opening seasonally on a weekly basis on a weekday afternoon and/or evening. As with other markets, arrangements will be made for vendors to park off site and the public would be able to park on Abbott Street and at the City of Ottawa public parking lot across the street.
A farmers’ market in Stittsville can also provide the opportunity for vendors local to Stittsville and the surrounding area to market their goods. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market have over 100 vendors of locally grown and locally made food, arts and crafts. I also thought I would take the chance to plant the seed that there will also be opportunities for community members to volunteer at the market as well.
For more information on the Ottawa Farmers’ Market organization I encourage you to visit their website – www.ottawafarmersmarket.ca
As we move forward with planning, I hope to have more information to share next spring about endeavours to make a Stittsville farmers’ market a fruitful new addition to the 2017 season events. I look forward to working with the Ottawa Farmers’ Market and interested community members.
– Shad Qadri