Pop-up produce store set to open in downtown Kitchener

A new farmers market store is set to open next month in downtown Kitchener with plans to operate weekdays until Christmas stocking only locally produced food.

Pop-up store will be open weekdays near Queen Street on King Street in Kitchener

(Markus Schwabe/CBC)

If you live or work in downtown Kitchener and have a hankering for some fresh produce, a new pop-up farmers market may be just what you need. 

Legacy Greens is set to open on August 10 near the intersection of King and Queen streets in Kitchener. It will offer a selection of local, seasonal produce Monday through Friday.   

We're going to focus on local, so I want to really establish a lot of relationships in Waterloo Region.- Jordan Dolson, owner of Legacy Greens

The market store is the brain child of farmer Jordan Dolson, who already attends the Kitchener Market with her produce every Saturday. 

"I am one of those people who's passionate about vegetables," said Dolson. 

"I started a farm last year in 2014 and I'm really interested in merchandising and customer service."

That's why Dolson said she wanted to open the bricks and mortar retail space to sell her wares.

The produce at the store will be sourced from Dolson's own farm, as well as from the food terminal, the Elmira Produce Auction and other local farmers, she said. 

"We're going to focus on local, so I want to really establish a lot of relationships in Waterloo Region and seasonal Ontario produce and then into the winter I want to look at citrus, other produce that is seasonal that we can bring in from other places as well," Dolson said.

Dolson has committed to being open in downtown Kitchener until Christmas, with the potential for a more permanent location based on the success of the pop-up.