Ottawa Farmers market moves back to Lansdowne Park

Ottawa’s Farmers’ Christmas Market at Lansdowne opened on Sunday, it will mark the start of the first year-round, indoor, producer-based market for Ottawa.

After Sunday, the Christmas Market will run Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 6 and 7, and 13 and 14, then vacate for just three weeks before the farmers market reopens Jan. 11 for the first time as a regular indoor winter market.

The Ottawa Farmers’ Market is returning to where it all began – Lansdowne Park. Back in July 2014, Ottawa City Council approved the Licence of Occupation for the Ottawa Farmers’ Market’s return to the redeveloped Lansdowne Park for the 2015 season.

The farmers market will operate out of the historic Aberdeen Pavilion — affectionately known as the Cattle Castle — until May 1, when it will move outdoors, close to where it operated until three years ago, when it moved to Brewer Park while Lansdowne was under redevelopment. Markets will continue in Westboro on Saturdays and Orléans on Fridays. In summer, for the first time, the market will operate at Lansdowne three days a week: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Local farmers and producers have been using innovative techniques to increase their growing capacity and extending the growing season. This new year-round market place is crucial to supporting and increasing these efforts and sustaining local farms.

   
 

The 116-year-old Victorian exhibition hall will be decorated with 25 Christmas trees; carollers and other musicians will entertain, and vendors will compete for best decorated stand.

We mean local. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market is Canada’s largest producer-only farmers’ market, serving up fresh produce, locally raised meats, small-batch baked goods and artisanal foods, award-winning cheeses, honey, maple syrup, and arts and crafts.

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