Saultonline had the opportunity to stop by the Algoma Farmers’ Market Rhubarb Festival this past Saturday. In addition to a selection of rhubarb goodies including jams, preserves and baked goods, there were a variety of other local vendors present. Plants ready for the garden, hand made crafts and jewelry; even the Lil’ Orbits mini-donut cart offering freshly made bags of these very addictive treats.
“I’m thrilled for the summer season to commence for the Algoma Farmers’ Market, as we have a great mix of seasoned vendors with some new younger vendors joining us this year,” says Susan Wilding, Algoma Farmers’ Market President.
Existing in our Community in one form or another for over 115 years, the Market has become a local food movement for decades as key player in the Sault’s downtown since its move to the Bondar Pavilion in the mid-1990s.
“We take great pride in being a local, heritage market, at least half our vendors have been attending AFM for over 15 years. My husband and his cousin’s family roots go back to the 1920’s with their grandfather who had a huge market garden in the City’s west end.
Although the Market has experienced some shrinkage with vendors in recent years, it appears to be rebounding over the past couple. New vendor like Jessica Laidley are excited to have become part of the AFM family. “Participating in the market has been a long-time dream of mine, “ says Laidley. “I have been attending the market since I was a kid and to finally be on the other side of the table is an incredibly exciting opportunity.
Algoma Farmers’ Market has a wonderful, welcoming feeling in the open-air environment not unlike some of the larger markets in larger cities, such as Kingston or Toronto. It really is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of something so historic.”
The AFM operates June through October at the Bondar Pavilion every Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Beginning in July, the Market will also be open Wednesday afternoons from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
All products sold at AFM are guaranteed locally grown, made, or produced in the Algoma region ensuring the highest quality and lowest environmental impact.
Algoma Farmers’ Market invites everyone to stop by and enjoy all the sights and sounds of the market and chat with the new vendors to see what they have to offer throughout the summer.