The Merrickville Midweek Market celebrated its Grand Opening last Wednesday at a different location than anticipated. The market will be located for the 2018 season on Main Street, in the lot beside the Mainstreet Family Restaurant. Originally, the market was to be held in the Blockhouse Park, where it could accommodate many more vendors. “Policy got in the way,” says market organizer, Scott Kelland, explaining that Parks Canada sprung a hefty fee into the mix at the last minute. “It was almost our entire budget for the year.”
Thankfully, the Merrickville community rallied around the market, and Linda Fry, who owns the lot beside Mainstreet, gave them access at a good price. The Mainstreet Restaurant is supplying the small amount of power needed by a few of the vendors. “It was a real sign of support from the community,” Scott says.
With 32 vendors, this year’s Farmers Market has almost doubled in size from last year, with vendors selling everything from fresh baked goods, to produce, to upcycled jewelry. Scott says that, because of the limited space, they have had to put several vendors on a wait list. “We would have had ten more, if we were across the road,” he says.
People seemed to be having a great time, sampling various delicacies and picking up their fresh produce for the week. It is an intimate market, but full of treats and treasures nonetheless. “It is a lot of [vendor’s] first time at a market,” Scott says. “We are glad to be able to support them.”