Farmers market yields a bountiful harvest

News Nov 06, 2009 Ancaster News

2009 was a fruitful year for the Ancaster Farmers Market.

In its debut season, the Wednesday market brought up to 19 vendors to the Ancaster village core, offering everything from organic vegetables to baked goods and cut flowers.

The market closed up shop on Oct. 28, but plans are already underway for a bigger and better shopping experience in 2010.

Led by the new Ancaster Heritage Village BIA, the market will continue next year on the St. John's Anglican Church grounds on Halson Street.

"It's community-central," said market co-founder Karen Wilkins. "It's located right on the rail trail."

The market has a two-year agreement with St. John’s, one that Ms. Wilkins hopes can be extended well into the future.

Secret for some shoppers

Over the summer and early fall, shoppers came on foot, bicycles and skateboards. And despite the success of the 2009 season, vendor Theresa VanLochem said the market remained a secret for some shoppers, who only discovered the weekly event in its final few weeks.

"We’re optimistic that there's room to improve it for next year," Ms. VanLochem said.

A marketing committee has been established to promote next year's market over the winter months.

Ms. Wilkins said the committee hopes to attract more vendors leading into the anticipated restart date in June.

A new website is slated to launch in the coming weeks.

Farmers market yields a bountiful harvest

News Nov 06, 2009 Ancaster News

2009 was a fruitful year for the Ancaster Farmers Market.

In its debut season, the Wednesday market brought up to 19 vendors to the Ancaster village core, offering everything from organic vegetables to baked goods and cut flowers.

The market closed up shop on Oct. 28, but plans are already underway for a bigger and better shopping experience in 2010.

Led by the new Ancaster Heritage Village BIA, the market will continue next year on the St. John's Anglican Church grounds on Halson Street.

"It's community-central," said market co-founder Karen Wilkins. "It's located right on the rail trail."

The market has a two-year agreement with St. John’s, one that Ms. Wilkins hopes can be extended well into the future.

Secret for some shoppers

Over the summer and early fall, shoppers came on foot, bicycles and skateboards. And despite the success of the 2009 season, vendor Theresa VanLochem said the market remained a secret for some shoppers, who only discovered the weekly event in its final few weeks.

"We’re optimistic that there's room to improve it for next year," Ms. VanLochem said.

A marketing committee has been established to promote next year's market over the winter months.

Ms. Wilkins said the committee hopes to attract more vendors leading into the anticipated restart date in June.

A new website is slated to launch in the coming weeks.

Farmers market yields a bountiful harvest

News Nov 06, 2009 Ancaster News

2009 was a fruitful year for the Ancaster Farmers Market.

In its debut season, the Wednesday market brought up to 19 vendors to the Ancaster village core, offering everything from organic vegetables to baked goods and cut flowers.

The market closed up shop on Oct. 28, but plans are already underway for a bigger and better shopping experience in 2010.

Led by the new Ancaster Heritage Village BIA, the market will continue next year on the St. John's Anglican Church grounds on Halson Street.

"It's community-central," said market co-founder Karen Wilkins. "It's located right on the rail trail."

The market has a two-year agreement with St. John’s, one that Ms. Wilkins hopes can be extended well into the future.

Secret for some shoppers

Over the summer and early fall, shoppers came on foot, bicycles and skateboards. And despite the success of the 2009 season, vendor Theresa VanLochem said the market remained a secret for some shoppers, who only discovered the weekly event in its final few weeks.

"We’re optimistic that there's room to improve it for next year," Ms. VanLochem said.

A marketing committee has been established to promote next year's market over the winter months.

Ms. Wilkins said the committee hopes to attract more vendors leading into the anticipated restart date in June.

A new website is slated to launch in the coming weeks.