After a particularly different season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Huntingdon County Farmers Market is ready to start its 16th summer season with a new coordinator and renewed purpose in bringing Valley residents closer to their producers and the food they grow.
The market will once again take place every Wednesday, from May 19 into October, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Prince-Arthur Park in Huntingdon.
After 5 years, Ian Ward of Les Jardins Glenelm has decided to step back from his role as coordinator for the market and Dundee native William Fraser will be taking over for the 2021 season. Fraser has a background in agriculture, as well as experience in both coordination and management as the former director general for the municipality of Dundee, among other ventures. “It seemed like a nice opportunity to marry my interests between agriculture and the region,” says Fraser.
“With the impacts of COVID-19, and the realization of the importance of local agriculture, there is no better time for our Haut-Saint-Laurent producers to showcase the quality of their homegrown products,” he adds.
This year, the market will be adding a local artisanal cider producer as well as a flower farm to its list of regular participants. As always, the market will continue to offer a great selection of fresh, quality products each week, including fresh vegetables and fruit, artisanal breads, baked goods, and a variety of meats, as well as crafted products by local artisans.
COVID-19 precautions will remain in place including physical distancing, hand washing, and the wearing of masks until the government removes such restrictions. (SR)