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Farmer's Market wrapping up for the year
The Farmer's Market at the Village will hold its last day of the season on Oct. 5. (supplied)

The Farmer’s Market at the Village will come to a seasonal end on Oct. 5, and though the weekly market had a cold, wet start, it will be closing out on a high note, said market co-ordinator Sharon Brinsmead-Taylor.

The weekly gathering at the Village brought locals together early Saturday mornings all summer to shop the 100 per cent local produce and hand-made artisans and vendors. But the market was about more than just shopping, she said.

“A lot of people have developed good friendships with the vendors. They support them off season by going directly to them to purchase their products. It’s just become that place for the residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake to feel comfortable and to belong,” she said.

On Sept. 28, the second to last market will see more than 70 vendors with Etsy: Made in Canada, Niagara Etsy Artisans, joining the 20 regular weekly vendors. The Etsy market will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the farmer’s market will maintain its regular schedule from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Brinsmead-Taylor said many of the regular weekly vendors will stick it out until the end of the artisan market at 5 p.m.

Though the farmer’s market has two more dates, the Supper Market at the Village, also organized by Brinsmead-Taylor, concluded its last event of the summer on Sept. 18. Both weekly markets brought the community together in an organic and positive way, she said, but they were “very different animals.”

“The farmer’s market is kind of a laid back, easy Saturday morning … A lot of the customers and the vendors have become good friends of mine because I’ve gotten to know them over the years,” she said

She said the Supper Market, while bringing out a lot of the same crowd as Saturday mornings, had an entirely different vibe.

“The Supper Market is busy, there isn’t a lot of time for me to do much of anything but work and get through it,” she said, adding that Wednesday nights were always lively.

The Market at the Village is a not-for-profit which has been hosting the farmer’s market since 2007. The Supper Market began in 2012, and Brinsmead-Taylor came on board in 2013.

Rose Bartel of Bartel Farms said she’s been vending at the farmer’s market since its inception in 2007. She’s only missed one day over the last 12 years due to a wedding, but other than that she’s been loyally coming to the market.

Though she said she’s thrilled to take part each week, she’s happy to be finishing for the season.

“Because we’ve been there so long we have a good clientele and the rest of the vendors are very friendly, and Sharon’s a really good marketing manager. It’s a good place to go on a Saturday morning,” Bartel said.

Brinsmead-Taylor credits the sponsors for making the markets possible.

“If we didn’t have our sponsors then we definitely couldn’t do the market every year,” she said.

Sponsors include John & Liz Hawley, The Shaw Festival, Meridian Credit Union Virgil, Allstate Insurance of St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake Realty, Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake, DF Design Build, and the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

During the last market on Oct. 5, ballots will be given out by each vendor with every purchase for a grand prize gift basket, which will be drawn for at the end of the market.

Both markets will start back up next season after the May long weekend, she said.