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Saturday, July 20, 2024
Old and new faces ring in farmers market season
Sweets & Swirls owner James Cadeau and his son Liam jokingly fight during the Market at the Village on Saturday. Now 16-year-old Liam has been helping his dad out at the market since he was nine. (JULIA SACCO)

Kathryn and Don Recourt were among a group of fresh faces at the first Market at the Village of the summer season. 

Saturday was the kick for the annual farmers market, with beautiful weather welcoming vendors and shoppers.

“It’s been a great day so far,” said Don Recourt, who was selling his handmade birdhouses and candle holders out of recycled materials. 

His wife Kathryn had her table next to him, selling her children’s books written about their dog, Archie. 

Kathryn has done a few markets in the past at other locations, but Saturday was Don’s first time selling his products outside of corporate orders.

“I was coming up with unique ideas and had a lot of leftover product,” he said.

“When I have leftover lumber I want to make sure it doesn’t go to waste.”

The couple will be at eight of the village’s markets this season and are one of many new additions to the roster of vendors planned. 

“Next week we’ve got a couple of new (vendors) and then more every week after that,” said Sharon Brinsmead-Taylor, the market’s co-ordinator. 

Along with new vendors, Brinsmead-Taylor was glad to see familiar faces return.

“That’s one thing that the farmers market missed during COVID was the social aspect,” she said.

While the market continued to run throughout the pandemic, it was under strict guidelines, prohibiting anything aside from in-and-out shopping.

“A lot of our regulars come for the talk, to see their neighbours and sit to enjoy the day,” she said.

James Cadeau of Sweets & Swirls returned for his eighth season on Saturday.

“The day has been steady. It’s been really nice to see the people we haven’t seen in a while,” he said. 

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