The Ottawa Farmers' Market Lansdowne location opened today for the 2015 season, outside in Aberdeen square at Lansdowne Park. The season was officially kicked off with a ribbon cutting by Mayor Jim Watson. The market made its return last December for a series of weekends leading up to Christmas located inside the old Cattle Castle. It then continued inside from January to today. (This was after the market was temporarily located at Brewer Park for three years during the Lansdowne Park redevelopment project.)
The Ottawa Farmer's Market first opened at Lansdowne Park in 2006 with 19 vendors, today it has grown to over 100 local vendors at three different locations: Lansdowne, Westboro and Orleans. The market at Lansdowne has no shortage of items. You can expect to find things like locally-grown produce; a variety of meats like grass-fed beef, game, and lamb; honey; herbs, plants and flowers; maple products; hot sauces and jams; coffee and baked goods; ice cream as well as arts and crafts. To learn more about the talented vendors and tasty offerings, click here.
All producers at this market are from within 100 kms of Ottawa. This is a great opportunity for Ottawans and visitors alike to come and interact with great local producers. The beautiful weather brought out crowds today. The market was busy with people checking out the different stalls. It was great to see the interactions between vendor and shoppers. Good vendors really take the time to explain their products and certainly show just how much love they put into creating them. It was a great feeling to walk through the market and have vendors recognize me. I was glad to see our friends again Paul and Bonny at Savoury Pursuits, and Colleen at Yummy Cookies. I also had met some great new foodie vendors as well.
I also discovered a local coffee roaster called at Poppa-Bean. Poppa-bean is a local coffee roaster located in Vars, Ontario owned by Paul Foster. They were kind enough to give me a sample of their Ethiopian coffee to take home and try. Can’t wait for morning...
Lansdowne’s limited free parking may be an issue, but I was willing to pay a few dollars to come out and support the market. It made for a lovely Sunday afternoon outside. The market will operate at Lansdowne three days a week: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Over the course of the summer, FoodieGirlz will make our way to the other two locations to meet the vendors/producers and try their products too. Support local!
More about the market
Lansdowne Park in Aberdeen Square Sundays, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm; Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Parking is limited but plenty of paid parking available underground. Parking along Bank Street is also available, free of charge, on Sundays.