The weather was great, the crowds were good, and the food, produce and other products were wonderful for the kickoff of the Richmond Hill Downtown Village Farmers’ Market this past Saturday July 5th.
I arrived at 8AM to help with the set up and had the honour of being the first customer along with my friend Margaret. The produce I bought was delicious, fresh and tasty. I especially loved the cherries – what a treat – you gotta love Ontario in the summer, and one of the many great parts of summer is fresh produce.
Although I was quite involved in the planning of this market I was still quite taken by the amount and variety of fresh local produce, baked goods and hand made products that were available at our market. I was also really happy to see the spirit, energy, and “celebration of food” that this market brought to our Village Core – it was a really fun atmosphere.
I also loved to see residents socializing with neighbours. It seemed that many people who came to the market also had a chance to connect with their friends and neighbours.
There are so many benefits to this initiative and I am really pleased that we have made it happen. Council has been talking about this since 2007 but for whatever reason it did not happen until now. Making this Farmers’ Market a reality was one of many initiatives that I wanted to see brought to fruition in the next little while – so we can check that one off the list.
If you have not had a chance to go to our Farmers’ Market, I suggest that it is worth a visit. The market will be on every Saturday morning until 1PM in July, August and September in the south parking lot at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. I hope to see you there!