BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF –
The Southgate Community Farmers' Market began its inaugural season May 16 on a clear and warm day, setting a spectacular tone for the summer ahead. By all accounts, it was a big success and many people turned out to shop the various local vendors assembled in Dundalk's public park.
A colourful cake marked the occassion.
"We had an amazing turnout and loved seeing so many wonderful people come and enjoy our community market," said Angie Beattie, vendor and market organizer. Before the event, Mayor Anne Marie Fosbrooke expressed her support, saying she was "very optimistic" that the opportunity to support local farmers and businesses will be a huge success.
In addition to local honey, baking, chicken, beef and one-of-a-kind artisan and crafts, the ladies from GO Adventure were on hand to explain more about their programs and Southgate Public Works Administrator Tracey Dupuis chatted to visitors about the compost available from the Township with seeds and containers available on site.
Fresh herbs, jellies and jams were on display. Food available for dinner included smoked brisket on a bun, perogies and more.
Brenda Stewart, member of a local group called BootLeeRoy gave a solo performance for the market.
Music rang out and at the end of the day, a gift basket of market goodies was drawn from the many entrants taken during the event. The market takes place every Wednesday from now until Thanksgiving weekend at the Lions Pavilion in Dundalk Memorial Park.
Photos by Samantha Erin Photography.
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