Grey County is giving local farmers and food producers a chance to showcase their products and network with farmers’ market managers from Grey County and neighbouring municipalities. In a Grey County media release, the event is being held on Monday, April 30 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Walter’s Falls Hall, 104 Church Street in Walter’s Falls.
“Local farmers’ markets are looking for all kinds of food vendors for the 2018 season,” said Philly Markowitz, Economic Development Officer officer with Grey County. “This event is a great opportunity for new producers who are looking to enter the local market place, or veterans looking to expand their reach.”
While this networking event will focus on local food, craftspeople who create non-food products from agricultural materials such as plants, seeds, wool, lavender, goats’ milk soap are welcome to attend. Market managers and producers from Wellington, Dufferin, Bruce, Simcoe, and Bruce are also invited.
Registration is required and can be done online at farmers-market-networking.eventbrite.ca or by contacting Philly Markowitz by phone at 519‑372‑0219 ext.6125 or e-mail email@example.com.]
Farmers’ markets across Grey County are currently preparing for the 2018 season with many opening May long weekend. Farmers’ markets provide a great opportunity to shop for locally produced food, prepared meals and meet local artisans.
To earn a true ‘Farmers’ Market’ designation, a minimum of 50 percent of the food vendors at the market must be local producers. There are seven farmers’ markets in Grey County: Flesherton Farmers’ Market, Southgate Farmers’ Market (new this year!), Eat Well Market in Hanover, Owen Sound Farmers’ Market, Keady Market, Meaford Farmers’ Market, and Thornbury Farmers’ Market. The Southgate market will take place in Dundalk and while they are adhering to the 50 percent rule, they are currently awaiting their official designation. There may be also be an additional market in Williamsford with an announcement expected later this Spring.
“Farmers’ markets are hubs that bring our communities together,” said Grey County Warden Stewart Halliday, adding that they’re not just a great way to support local farmers and food producers but to eat local food and connect with neighbours.
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