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Winter markets: five opportunities to buy local this season

 

The Huntingdon County Farmers’ Market (HCFM) is once again reaffirming its commitment to bringing 100% local farm and artisanal products to the Chateauguay Valley this winter. Farmers’ markets will take place in Saint-Chrysostome, Howick, Huntingdon and Ormstown between February and May.
“New producers have joined the market, pushing the capacity of our local halls to the maximum,” says coordinator Ian Ward, who suggests the variety and quality of the products that will be available throughout the winter as a result of the markets is also on the rise.
After a successful pilot project last year aimed at reducing food deserts in the region, the market will be making the Howick/Très-Saint-Sacrement market an official stop on the winter tour. The market has also announced a new collaboration with Arthur Pigeon High School for its stop in Huntingdon. “We are very pleased with the partnership,” Ward says. “It’s a bigger space and the Huntingdon market has good potential to grow.” Arthur Pigeon is also currently working to introduce local food into the classroom with the Brigades Culinaires program, which brings students together with a chef and local farms. Students participating in the program will be offering food and drinks on site during the market.
The first winter market will take place on February 9, at the Salle Communautaire in Saint-Chrysostome. The HCFM will next stop at the Très-Saint-Sacrement Town Hall on March 1, followed by a stop at Arthur Pigeon on March 15 in Huntingdon. The market will finish the winter season in Ormstown with two dates: April 5 at the Recreation Centre and May 3 at the Centre d’Hébergement Ormstown (CHO).
This year marks the third collaboration between the HCFM and the CISSSMO to hold a market at a residence and long-term care facility. “It’s a gathering space for residents and their families to come together around local products,” Ward says. “And as many of the residents are former producers themselves, the activity is particularly stimulating.”
The winter markets run from 10 am to 4 pm, with each one featuring a minimum of 25 local producers and artisans. More information on the winter farmers’ markets can be found online at marchefermierhuntingdon.ca.

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