From fresh garlic to homemade Russian-style perogies, downtown Peterborough will once again become a destination for buying local food and connecting with fellow citizens.
Meandering through the bustling market will begin May 8, as the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market launches its 2019 season.
Jill Bishop, market manager, tells Electric City Magazine this season promises to be fruitful.
“We look forward to another amazing year of turning Charlotte Street into a pedestrian-friendly farmers’ market where community can gather to learn more about our region’s producers, what grows well in our region and when, and work together to build our amazing local food scene,” Jill says.
“We look forward to welcoming back our long-term customers, and ideally welcoming many new faces to the market as well. There are so many things exciting about this year’s market.”
For the second season, the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market will continue to shut down Charlotte Street to vehicle traffic between Louis and George streets every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We will continue to have regular guest chefs showcasing our fabulous market ingredients and how to use them as they come into season, and our annual Iron Chef Challenge, in which four local chefs have 90 minutes to cook identical market baskets into fabulous meals,” Jill notes.
“We have 30 amazing local farmers, chefs, bakers and artisans offering the finest local food the region has to offer, on a weekly basis.”
The impact of the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market on community is significant, Jill says.
This season marks the 22nd year of bringing fresh locally-grown seasonal produce and products to downtown Peterborough. Since it’s a producers-only market, shoppers can be sure they are buying directly from the farmers, growers, bakers and chefs themselves, while learning about diverse local produce as it comes into season.
“Each Wednesday market-goers will find a festive and lively market full of their favourite vendors selling seasonal produce, meats, cheese, fresh flowers, baked goods, art, plants to grow, coffee and lunches to go.
“Not only are customers able to get to know and purchase directly from our region’s amazing local farmers and other vendors, and learn about seasonality in our region, but each dollar they spend contributes to supporting our local economy and in return the get the freshest, finest, locally grown and prepared products available.”
Along with monthly special events showcasing seasonal bounty, chefs will provide samples and offer on-site cooking demonstrations and innovative ideas for using market products throughout market season.
This year the market welcomes new vendors — Hard Winter Bread Company, Tyler Scott and his Kawartha Local Fried Chicken, Freskiw’s wild blueberries, Lil Puffs pancakes and smoothies, Johnston’s Farm and more.
The Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market runs weekly until Oct. 30.
For more information about the market, visit www.ptbodowntownmarket.com.
Photos courtesy of Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market.
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