Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Day At The Market

There are many farmer's markets in and around Ottawa through the week. The main market, on Sundays, has in the past been up at Lansdowne Park, but with the construction there, has been over at Brewer Park in Old Ottawa South for the time being. It's a busy place to wander through, with over a hundred vendors of produce, crafts, and meals at the peak of the season. Starting in May, it runs well into November here. You can stop in at several different places for a bite to eat (I recommend the farmer's breakfast, because after that, you will not need lunch).


The rule here is that the venders must grow their own goods; there's no buying and reselling that you see in some other markets, such as the Byward Market. And the majority of the venders are from within a hundred miles of the city, aside from one or two, for example, who bring in plums and peaches from southern Ontario. Such fruits simply don't grow in this part of the country.


It's a great area to walk through, find some fresh food along the way, have a meal, chat with people, and get your hands on tasty baking. I'm here each week for something or another, all the more convenient, given that it's so close to home.


And of course dogs are welcome. You'll see them with their humans, walking about, wagging their tails, pleased to see so many people and dogs... entranced by the smells of food, and even drooling. Like this magnificent fellow. Can you blame him?


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  1. Wish we had one close enough to visit every week!

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    1. Mine's less than two minute's walk from the front door!

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  2. Ye, Gods, that is close. We had one, but it was on a Sunday and it closed. They didn't open until late and by the time I returned from church the produce wasn't any better than what was in the stores. I think they brought us the left overs from the town that has the market on Saturday. Yours looks like a winner.

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    1. It is, and they keep fairly good hours there too.

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  3. Haha, I don't blame him at all! I love farmers markets, can't get enough of ours though today it was a bit too overcast for pictures - yours looks terrific!

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  4. Oh I just love Farmer's Markets. I just found there's a photo contest at a local one here the next few weekend. I'm very tempted to go.

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  5. Looks like you could spend a lot of pleasant time there and come home with good nutrition. I'm surprised it's open so late in the year.

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  6. Hmmm...I posted a comment here, but it seems to have vanished into cyberspace!

    I like the dog. How much?

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    1. I doubt his humans would part ways with him!

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  7. You have a good-sized farmers market up there Most of the ones down here are smaller. And I think they must be less restrictive about requiring the products to be grown by the seller.

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  8. This one has built up a good rep with that requirement.

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  9. Lovely market. Is that where you do your regular shopping?

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    1. Yes, when I need something fresh. I don't cook much, but I like some apples, for instance.

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  10. When I first visited this market, I was almost ready to move to Ottawa so I could return again and again and again!

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    1. It's a good reason for me to be close by!

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