Ottawa Farmers' Market

by Vicky Have you been to the Ottawa Farmers' Market at Lansdowne Park? Every summer we would talk about going to check it out, but it never happened. Finally this year we made it on the opening day! After one visit, I'm hooked. I want to go every weekend.

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, considering it was early May and too soon for a lot of local produce. But I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of non-food vendors at the Market.

I picked up the most amazing some soap from U.Fabu. It's Cinnamon Sweet Orange and smells so good you want to eat it!.

And some Jerk Spice Rub for the husband!

I could not get over the baked goods! There were line ups to buy freshly baked breads, squares, pies and cookies so if that's what you are looking for come early!

When we lived downtown (before children) we often went to the ByWard Market or the Parkdale Market on Saturdays to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables. I really enjoyed strolling outside and buying from local vendors. I think it's great that we have so many fresh and local Markets in the city! Now that we have kids, I think this is something the kids will really enjoy, and it might even be an opportunity to teach them about the importance of buying local! Maybe we'll see you there?

From the Ottawa Farmers Market website:

Local producers of fruit, vegetables, meat, arts and crafts are bringing their goods to Lansdowne Park. From 8:00 am to 3:00 pm each Sunday until the end of October. Bring the family to enjoy breakfast in the open air and purchase locally produced seasonal goods.

The promise of the Ottawa Farmers' Market is that all goods sold by the vendors who participate are produced by those vendors. This ensures that the customer wanting to buy locally is able to and is purchasing the freshest meat and produce available while supporting local producers.

The market is located in Parking Lot #4 between the North side of the Aberdeen Pavilion, the East side of the Horticultural Bldg. and Holmwood Avenue.

Vicky is the mom to 3.5 year old son named Joel and 9 month old daughter named Mieka. You can read her blog at blog Some Kind of Wondermom.