Tuesday, 19 May 2009
A Visit to Owen Sound Farmers Market
It was a thoroughly rainy Saturday, but we needed to go to Owen Sound anyway. And I'll never pass up a visit to a farmers market, no matter how bad the weather. By the time we got there, there was a sufficient break in the rain for us to stop and admire the river that flows past the Owen Sound Farmers Market, at 114 8th St. East; open all year on Saturdays.
We approached the market from the back, which gave us a good view of the outdoor concourse that houses many of the vendors.
In spite of how early it still is in the season, it was well filled with shoppers and vendors. We had thought we were getting there fairly early, but it still took quite a while to find a parking spot. This is a very popular market.
There were some very interesting and somewhat unusual shrubs on offer.
Before we even got into the market I saw customers carrying away bunches of these beautiful cut tulips.
Organic eggs and meats, and tomato starts.
We're just starting to see local produce; here are green onions, rhubarb and mint.
Like many established year-round markets, the Owen Sound market has an indoor section as well as the outdoor section. Here, it's in a particularly handsome old brick building; not large but well-organized and well-filled.
The first thing we spotted when we went in were these delicious-looking pastries.
I was struck by the wood panelled ceiling, and the circuit designed to maximize table space and traffic flow.
The indoor tables were rather charmingly battered old wooden ones, with old-fashioned numbers on each one.
Howell's Fish: I failed to take notes, but I believe I saw a sign announcing their 50th anniversary at the market. Wow! It all looked local, too, and beautifully fresh.
Look for the Local Label - you bet!