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Shop Local, Shop Fresh

Written by Summer Student Tourism Ambassador Hillary

There’s nothing more refreshing than getting to work just before 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning and hearing the hustle and bustle on our usually quiet street of a variety of vendors setting up shop. The Brockville Farmers’ Market runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday between May and December. The weekend is when the street really comes alive as all the vendors are out in full force. You can find just about everything you need at this local market.

Several stalls offer organic veggies, dairy, and meat products for all your summer recipe needs. At the Fox Family Farm stall you can even grab some already prepared preserve jars. And right next door, the Broker Greenhouse folk offer a variety of beautiful flower arrangements, perfect to bring to that dinner party you have to attend, or to liven up your own kitchen.

With all of the tantalizing smells mingling in the air you can’t resist the temptation of the freshly made foods. From dumplings to samosas, from hamburgers to empanadas, from authentic Ukrainian pierogies to cinnamon buns, there is something to satisfy the palette of just about anyone. The Sweet Fig line of salivating customers usually stretches out of the parking lot with their delicious desserts and pastries. And Sarah from Gibbons Family Farm not only has a large supply of local syrup, but different maple infused treats that will bring out your inner Canadian.

There is an endless array of stalls to find that perfect gift for any occasion – or just to treat yourself! From homemade balms and creams, to jewellery, to wood carvings the perfect thing is just around the corner. Pure Luxury Bath and Body offers an array of merchandise to help you feel and look your best. Run by one of the budding entrepreneurs in the Summer Company program, the focus is on organic, responsibly-sourced ingredients. Jo’s Creations and Gluten Free stall has both unique jewellery and yummy gluten-free treats. There are many other specialty items such as crocheted or tie-dyed gifts, bees-wax candles, and kiln fired glass pieces that are sure to be refreshing addition to your home.

Market Street West is lined with not only vendors, but your neighbours, eager to give you locally grown and handmade items. For a full list of vendors, a market map, and events check out their website and social media pages: