MOUNT FOREST – Area residents will be able to enjoy the Wellington North Farmers’ Market again this year.
Wellington North council approved a recommendation at the March 8 meeting that will see the market open on June 19 and run from 8:30am until noon every Saturday through Sept. 25 in the parking lot of the Victory Community Centre.
This has been a part of the town’s tradition since 2014, and it has been a very popular attraction, said Wellington North economic development officer Dale Small.
Last year was the most successful year yet, according to Small, who attributes this to the new location and changing the date of the market to Saturday mornings instead of Fridays.
He added he thinks people enjoy it because it is, “dynamic, friendly and reflects our community’s personality.”
Councillor Sherry Burke said she’s also “glad to see that the project is moving forward again this year.”
“A farmers’ market is a good opportunity for the community to connect. It allows us to buy from and support our local farmers and producers, thus contributing to our local economy,” said Harry Engel, market manager.
“We are pleased to give our residents and visitors the opportunity to experience agriculture close up,” Engel added.
Small said he expects most of last year’s vendors will return to the market again this year, and that these vendors are what makes the market so beloved in the community.
“A farmers market is only as successful as our vendors and we have amazing vendors that came every Saturday with tremendous produce and products.”
Anyone interested in participating as a vendor for the market can sign up on the Wellington North Farmers’ Market Facebook page. It costs $200 for the season or $20 for vendors that participate on a day-by-day basis.
COVID-19 protocols will be in effect at the market as recommended by public health said Small. This will include social distancing of vendors; the use of handwashing and sanitizing stations and the public will be asked to wear masks.