Farmers’ Markets Ottawa: York Street Farmers’ Market Returns For Season

Spring is here, summer is just around the corner, and a sure sign is the return of the York Street Farmers’ Market.

Local vendors line up along York Street in the ByWard Market on Saturdays from now through October from 9am to 2pm.

Zachary Dayler, executive director of Ottawa Markets, tells Newstalk 580 CFRA that the start of the market season is always exciting.

“I think people are really excited to go out in nice weather, pick up those tomato plants and pepper plants — we even have one vendor, Rutabaga Ranch, who has some radishes — and get that weekend routine,” he said, while he continued to speak CFRA Live! with Andrew Pinsent.

Dayler says the ByWard Market really comes alive this time of year.

“We have some of our seven days a week vendors who have some great plants, perennials, annuals, things to beautify not only our streetscapes, but your balconies and porches as well,” he said. “We also have the opening of Parkdale in Wellington West today. If you’re looking for an activity, hop on the LRT or hop in your car and visit.”

Markets also bring a sense of community, Dayler says.

“People really enjoy coming to talk to the grower, producer or craftsman about what they do, how they do it. The care for the product really comes across,” he says. “In recent years, some other really exciting suppliers have started to appear in the markets. Today at the York Street Farmers’ Market we have Four Goats Farm, which has a variety of meat products. We also have Upper Canada Creamery there. You get this experience of unique products, unique sellers that you don’t really find regularly in your local supermarket.”

The York Street Farmers’ Market can be found on York between William Street and Dalhousie Street and is open every Saturday. The Parkdale Market is located at 366 Parkdale Ave., between Wellington Street West and Armstrong Street, and is open seven days a week.

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