Saturday is last call at the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market. This year was so successful, three extra weekends were added to the schedule with the final market set for Saturday, Oct 27, with a Halloween theme. There will also be the regular cast of farmers and vendors offering fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods and even art.
Originally the market was to end on October 6. Even without the extension, organizers talk of a highly successful year especially with a new emphasis on families. As a result, market manager Steve Green told Eyes on Windsor, this year’s run had not only more vendors but more families as well.
Markets, like Windsor’s, do have a challenge, reasoned assistant manager Robert Ross, competing with the modern day supermarket. A key in his agenda for the year was to introduce more families to local farmers, something that just doesn’t happen in the aisles of large grocery sellers.
That, he adds, is all part of an effort to turn the market into a destination. A new children’s play area was added. Ross describes it as a crowd pleaser, giving something for the children to do while the parents moved among the vendors.
One of the market’s original stands, Our Farm Organics, also reports another good year. Leslie Labbe, managing a booth chock full of just picked vegetables, was aided by her children. Her sons, she says, grew up in the market. When they were young, they are now in their teens, they’d all rise at 5am in the morning to leave their Kingsville home to head to Windsor.
While Saturday will put a pause on the Windsor trips, she plans to return next year.
A highlight of the market is live entertainment. Well-known names include Michael Hargreaves as well as A.J. Vanden Berghe, expected to be on hand for the market’s last edition.
Article and photos by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.