Cornwall farmers market opens for the season this weekend

Cornwall farmers market opens for the season this weekend
Marc Brunet has become a farmers' market icon in the Cornwall area after serving the community for 60 years.

CORNWALL, Ontario – Local food producers will be strutting their stuff this weekend as a popular local farmers market opens for the season.

The Seaway Valley Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association farmers market opens Saturday at 7 a.m. in the parking lot of The Brick on Pitt Street.

Market manager Marc Brunet said in an interview there’s already plenty of local produce ready for hungry patrons.

“The produce will be onions and asparagus this weekend. Strawberries are coming soon,” he said. “There’ll be greenhouse tomatoes this weekend as well. Honey and preserves are available too and home-baked goods.”

New this year will be some information sessions set up by the growers association. The weekend of June 11 will see a gardening demonstration for anyone who might want to get some tips on how to plant their own produce.

“Over the last couple of years we have done customer appreciation days and we just thought this would be a way to expand and educate our customers,” said Diana Freeman, event organizer with the farmers market. “Health is so related to eating locally and eating healthily so we thought it would be a good fit.”

Later this summer community organizations like St. Johns Ambulance and the Canadian Diabetes Association (to name a couple) will be setting up information kiosks at the market as well.

The farmers market runs 7 a.m. to noon every Saturday until Thanksgiving.

Brunet said starting July 6 the market will also open Wednesdays.

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