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Christmas Markets are back in the Valley

Rachel Patenaude
Many seasonal markets and craft fairs had to be cancelled last year due to the pandemic, though some were able adapt to sell online. But the 2021 holiday season marks the return of the in-person markets, such as the Huntingdon County Farmers Market, the Howick Craft Fair, the Marché de Noël de Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, the Ormstown Legion Christmas Craft Market and the Dundee Christmas Fair.

The Huntingdon County Farmers Market holiday event, with its focus on local foods and artisans, is a beloved tradition in the Valley. “The 2021 Christmas market will be important to the vendors to showcase their products and items once more. It will be a time where they will be able to introduce themselves to the public again; to share their passion with the community,” says market coordinator Cynthia Roy. “The Farmers’ Market is working hard to make themselves seen, discovered, and rediscovered by locals and new residents alike.”

 

While it’s exciting to see the return of the in-person markets, it is important to note there will still be safety precautions being taken. Masks will be required at all indoor spaces, and social distancing measures will always be in place, indoors and out. The Huntingdon County Farmers Market event will have a hand-washing station at the entrance, and all vendors will have hand sanitizer at their tables. Volunteers will ensure that there is a safe number of people inside the building, to not have overcrowding.

On top of giving local vendors the chance to reach more people, these markets can be a fun way for communities to connect during the holidays. “The flavours and varieties that the Valley has to offer to this community are unique,” says Roy. “There will be something for everyone at the Christmas market this year.”

Huntingdon County 
Farmers’ Market
The Huntingdon County Farmers’ Market will be taking place on Sunday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ormstown Recreation Center. This authentic market only includes vendors who are regional farmers, growers, makers and artisans, who are selling high-quality, original gifts and home-grown products.

Howick Craft Fair
Howick’s 41st annual Craft Fair will take place on November 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5 Lambton Street in Howick. Due to health and safety measures, this event will be taking place outside. The Howick Craft fair will also host an online craft fair during the month of December.

Dundee Christmas Fair
The Dundee Christmas Fair will be held on Friday, November 26 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, November 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will go to La Bouffe Additionelle, a local charity which helps to feed families in the Haut-Saint-Laurent. This market will require a vaccine passport to enter; it will be held at the Dundee Town Hall at 3296 Smallman, Sainte-Agnes-de-Dundee.

Ormstown Legion Christmas Craft Market
Several vendors will be on site for the Ormstown Legion Branch 196’s Christmas Craft Market on Saturday, November 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Help to light the Legion’s tree while enjoying a light lunch. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Ormstown Guignolée.

Marché de Noël de Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague
The ninth Marché de Noël de Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at l’Église et salle Éveline-Meloche at 140 Rue Principale.

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