New farm stand at Edwin Binney’s Community Garden in Lindsay offers affordable, fresh produce

United Way Kawartha Lakes' weekly Tuesday market will feature a variable pricing model for residents most affected by rising inflation

Since it was launched in 2019, Edwin Binney's Community Garden in Lindsay has grown over 17 tons of produce, with the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes donating most of the harvest to local organizations and food banks to help combat food insecurity in the region. (Photo courtesy of United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes)
Since it was launched in 2019, Edwin Binney's Community Garden in Lindsay has grown over 17 tons of produce, with the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes donating most of the harvest to local organizations and food banks to help combat food insecurity in the region. (Photo courtesy of United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes)

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton residents will soon have the chance to purchase affordable, fresh produce grown in Edwin Binney’s Community Garden in Lindsay.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (July 26), the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes will be running a farm stand at 50 Mary Street West in Lindsay featuring a selection of freshly harvested veggies, fruits, and herbs.

The Edwin Binney’s Community Garden Farm Stand will run every Tuesday during growing season from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., or while stock lasts.

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The farm stand will offer a variable pricing model, allowing shoppers to pay below-market, at-market, or above-market values depending on their budget.

“With rising rates of inflation affecting the majority of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton residents, it is important that we offer affordable solutions that also help our projects grow to serve greater numbers of people in our community,” reads a United Way media release.

“We know that community members with means will gladly pay a little extra to help support purchasing by those in dire need. United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes remains committed to alleviating the stress and hardship caused by food insecurity, now more than ever.”

Beginning July 26, 2022, the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes will offer a weekly farm stand on Tuesdays Edwin Binney's Community Garden in Lindsay, where residents can buy produce grown in the garden. (Graphic courtesy of United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes)
Beginning July 26, 2022, the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes will offer a weekly farm stand on Tuesdays Edwin Binney’s Community Garden in Lindsay, where residents can buy produce grown in the garden. (Graphic courtesy of United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes)

Edwin Binney’s Community Garden comprises 30,000 square feet of Crayola Canada’s previously unused land that the United Way and Fleming College developed into a fully operational community garden in 2019. Since then, the garden has grown over 17 tons of produce, with most of the harvest donated to local organizations and food banks to help combat food insecurity in the region.

The farm stand will only accept cash payment for the time being, with extra donations at point of purchase appreciated. The United Way will invest all proceeds from farm stand sales into development and maintenance of Edwin Binney’s Community Garden.

Shoppers will need to bring their own bags. Weekly offerings at the Edwin Binney’s Community Garden Farm Stand will be posted on the United Way’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in advance of each week’s Tuesday market.