The Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market opens for the outdoor season at its new home at Quaker Foods City Square in downtown Peterborough on Wednesday (May 3).
The market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday until October 28 and will feature locally grown produce, take-away meals and goodies, artisan wares, and musicians.
Quaker Foods City Square, which officially opened in December, is located on Charlotte Street just east of Aylmer Street. Prior to the construction of the city square, which began in 2017, the site included the Louis Street Municipal Parking Lot, which was the former location of the Wednesday Downtown Farmers’ Market.
“We are genuinely excited for this opportunity the City of Peterborough has given us,” says Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market chair Jeff Wagner in a media release. “There is an understanding as to the importance a vibrant urban market can bring to the Peterborough downtown core. The site is on the former location of the Wednesday market and many vendors are overjoyed to be returning to a location that had a strong and vibrant place in the city. We look forward to a great summer filled with exciting events, and wonderful seasonal products.”
While construction of the Quaker Foods City Square was underway, the outdoor market was held on Charlotte Street at the Peterborough Square courtyard (moving inside the lower level of Peterborough Square during the winter). Quaker Foods City Square offers access to Peterborough Transit with public parking available at the adjacent King Street Parkade, as well as street parking.
“We’re thrilled to have Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market operating in Quaker Foods City Square,” say Town Ward councillors Alex Bierk and Joy Lachica. “The market fulfills two important roles for our downtown — it provides local produce, prepared food, and local artisans’ work, and perhaps more importantly it helps build a sense of community. It will be a great experience to stroll through the square, pick up some local goodies at the market, and meet up with friends and neighbours.”
For more information about the Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market, visit www.ptboregionalfarmersmarket.org.