New farmer's market coming to Vanier, New Edinburgh

A new farmer's market for the New Edinburgh and Vanier neighbourhoods is expected to open in July.

Beechwood Farmer's Market set to open July 5 at 99 Beechwood Ave.

The new farmer's market will be held at 99 Beechwood Ave., a property owned by Claridge Homes. (Google Streetview)

A new farmer's market for the New Edinburgh and Vanier neighbourhoods is expected to open in July.

The old market was cancelled abruptly last year after running for five years at the corner of Hanna Street and Montreal Road. (CBC)
The Beechwood Farmer's Market will replace the Vanier farmer's market, which was cancelled abruptly in 2013.

The Beechwood market's vendors will sell local produce, meat and dairy products, along with new features such as specialty hot sauces, at 99 Beechwood Ave.

The property, about six blocks away from Vanier Parkway, is owned by Claridge Homes.

Claridge is sponsoring the market and doesn't plan to develop the area in the next couple of years, said Chris Penton, the new market's manager.

'It is most certainly going to revitalize the area,' manager says

Andrew Hodges used to sell his Knock Out Cattle Company's beef, goat meat and milk at the Vanier farmer's market, and plans on setting up shop at the new market.

Farm owner Andrew Hodges feeds a goat at Knock Out Cattle Company in Cumberland, Ont. (Hillary Johnstone/CBC)
"It's a way for us to connect with the people a bit, a way for us to help in teaching some of the people from the city on what agriculture is about. It's more of an education for everybody," Hodges said.

Penton said the new market will feature food trucks, monthly special events and family activities.

"This by no means ... going to be an anchor business, but it is most certainly going to revitalize the area. And for Saturday mornings at this point, give a central meeting point for families and residents," Penton said.

Organizers are still accepting vendor applications for remaining openings.

The farmer's market will be open on Saturdays, starting July 5.


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