in Chatsworth, Grey Highlands, Southgate, West Grey
October 07, 2021
BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — Despite restrictions and concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, it's been a good year for the Flesherton and District Farmers’ Market. After beginning the season a week later than usual and with strict guidance from Public Health, the market was blessed with favourable weather which carried through the entire summer. Customers were enthusiastic to shop again in a safe outdoor environment, almost returning in pre-pandemic numbers as the months progressed. Frost in late May meant that many seasonal vegetables were delayed by a couple of weeks later in the year.
"As the Summer continued, we saw the benefits of a rainy July and very hot and sunny August," said Market Manager Ron Barnett. "Beans, zucchini, onions and potatoes showed up in late July/early August. Crops like corn landed in full force this September and apples have gotten an extended sales-window as early varieties are now coming into full harvest. Tomatoes, squash and pumpkins too will still be harvested into late October."
As well, The Weather Network has predicted a warmer-than-usual October, which means that local growers and producers should be able to peddle their wares for another few weeks yet, before the snow flies. Given the continued desire for an outdoor market, coupled with the relative uncertainty of less restrictive capacity restrictions for indoor venues, the Flesherton market organizers have decide to extend their event for another week.
In celebration of an outstanding year, the market will go out with a blast on Saturday, October 16 in an event they are calling the Fall 'Fare.' "Because most other markets will have ended their seasons, we will see additional local vendors to our market, providing customers with many new homegrown, handmade and hand-crafted items not seen before," said Barnett. The event will take place from 10 am to 3 pm and will occupy the pavilion behind the arena as well as the expansive adjacent space to the east.
The atmosphere should be very special with Fall's colours in full attendance. Rising musical star Paige Warner will perform. Hot food will also be available.
Admission, as always, is free. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. Visitors are recommended to take advantage of the extended season, warm weather and think early about Christmas gifts too.
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