Farmers’ Market will return to Lansdowne Park in the Fall

The Ottawa Farmers’ Market has reached an agreement with the city to return to Lansdowne Park in the Fall (starting November) and will have a Permanent spot in Aberdeen Square and Aberdeen Pavilion during the winter months.

The OFM has successfully operated its summer market at Brewer Park for the past three seasons.

The agreement gives the farmers’ market “non exclusive use” of Aberdeen Square for up to seven days a week between May and November, and space inside the adjacent Aberdeen Pavilion to hold an indoor market on weekends from November to April.

The Christmas market will be held this year on the weekends of and Dec. 6-7 and 13-14.

The proposed schedule for 2015 will see the outdoor market open on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a maximum of 30 stalls on Wednesdays, as many as 80 stalls on Fridays and as many as 150 stalls at the height of the harvest, from August to October, according to the agreement.

   
 

Vendor fees have not been set, but the agreement stipulates that the OFM will pay the city $10 net per occupied stand per day.

The farmers’ market will pick up the cost of electricity and water services, which total $82,000 (to be paid over five years), and will also be responsible for removing garbage and recycling.

OFM vehicles can access Aberdeen Square to set up and take down stalls, but motorized vehicles can’t stay on-site. Instead, the farmers’ market has to find off-site parking for vendors. Underground parking will be reserved for customers.

Source: Ottawa Citizen

 

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