The North Gower Farmers’ Market had its grand opening last Saturday morning with the celebration of a special milestone for the market. It was a Saturday morning in July, 25 years ago, that the North Gower Farmers’ Market opened its doors for the first time.
Founders, Carolyn Seabrook and Andrew Harkness, hoped for 10 vendors on the inaugural morning, but 16 showed up. Since then, the barn on Carolyn’s parents’ property has become a community hub every Saturday morning throughout the spring, summer and into the fall. “A very big thank you to Carolyn Seabrook, Andrew Harkness, and John and Doris Seabrook,” said Joel Droogh, Chairman of the North Gower Farmers’ Market, at the celebration. “A concept they started 25 years ago and that we, the community, have benefited from. Without you, all of us wouldn’t be here right now.”
Local dignitaries were present at the celebration to offer their congratulations and support for the community initiative. MP for Carleton, Pierre Poilievre, was on hand and presented a certificate on behalf of the City of Ottawa on behalf of Mayor Jim Watson, who was unable to be there on Saturday. MPP for Carleton, Goldie Ghamari, was also there to present a certificate of congratulations from the Province. “I have something from the North Gower Farmers’ Market on my desk at Queens Park,” Goldie said. “Everyday, when I see that plant, it reminds me of why I got into politics.”
The North Gower Farmers’ Market also marked the occasion with the unveiling of their new logo, designed by Chloe Hurst of Comtempo Mint Branding and Design. “A big thank you to Chloe for her hard work and our new logo that we hope to use for many years to come,” Joel said.
The official ceremony ended with Carolyn cutting a large red ribbon, officially opening the North Gower Farmers’ Market for the season. “Congratulations on 25 years,” she said, as she cut the ribbon. “We are happy to have Joel at the helm, and I think it will continue to have a good life.”
The North Gower Farmers’ market is located at 2397 Roger Stevens Drive. It includes over 30 vendors selling everything from handcrafted jewelry to fresh produce and locally made baked goods. It is open on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 1 pm from May 18 to October 12.