Greater Napanee’s Hometown Market will have its grand opening this Saturday with the Lennox & Addington Horticultural Society holding their annual not-for-profit fundraising plant sale.
Saturday’s Hometown Market will be held in its new location in Conservation Park (10 Pearl St) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“With having been out at the Market Square all last summer, some of the really hot days on the pavement was not the greatest so being in Conservation Park this year there will be a breeze off the water to make those really hot days a bit more bearable,” said Annie Manion, Economic Development Coordinator, Community and Corporate Services with the town.
This year’s market has also moved to a weekly market as opposed to last year where the market was every second weekend.
“I’m really trying to stress to people now they don’t have to worry about which weekend it’s on, it’s there every weekend.” added Manion
On opening day, perennials, vegetables and herbs will be for sale, grown by the members of the Lennox & Addington Horticultural Society.
Members of the Napanee Raiders will also be there hosting a barbecue, with all proceeds going towards a local charity.
Marion says they have put together a solution for local farmers and producers who can’t afford or don’t have the time to be selling their produce or products themselves at the market.
“A lot of the local farmers and producers I talked with said its just been hard to be away from the farm every Saturday selling their produce,” Manion told The Beaver. “We have some summer students that will every so often, if a farmer has produce they don’t have time to sell at the market themselves, they can drop it off along with some of their promotional material and the students will sell on their behalf.”
Vendor registration is open and anyone interested in being a vendor can go online to www.GreaterNapanee.ca. Vendors can either be casual and join whenever available at $15 a day or a seasonal vendor, which commits to 18 market days, by paying $110.
“Currently we are close to 40 vendors with around 15 seasonal and the rest casual vendors,” Manion said. “We have a lot more produce tables/booths than in the past so that will be great for the customers and community.”
The Hometown Market runs from June 1 – Sept. 28 and operates rain or shine. There will be a wide variety of vendors all summer long offering high quality products and unique, one-of-a-kind items being locally grown or made.
“Having a local market where people know they can pick up their local honey, their fresh flowers different things like that, definitely brings a new sense of community,” Manion stated. “Not only can they meet their neighbours or pick up that item that’s local, it gets people out and people talking.”