What goes around comes around-starting this Saturday, June 11, the Downtown Sydney Farmers’ Market is moving from its winter quarters in St. Andrews’ Hall across Bentick Street to the old Aliant parking lot at the corner of Pitt and George.
This location was the original home of the Cape Breton Farmers’ Market which is now located on Keltic Drive, open all year around from 8:30am to 1pm every Saturday.
In a media release, the Downtown Sydney Farmers’ Market organizers say they plan to be located at the outdoor site until October.
This Saturday’s move will feature extended hours, from 11:30am to 4pm, to coincide with the Take A Bite Out of Downtown Sydney food promotion happening on Charlotte Street. Next Saturday, the Downtown Sydney Farmers’ Market will return to its regular hours of 1pm to 4pm, Saturdays.
Along with vendors selling local food and crafts, the DSFM offers the next event in their sustainability series. This month’s theme is raising chickens and visitors to the market can learn how to house, feed, and buy chicks for meat or for eggs. There may even be a surprise appearance by a local hen.
This week also marks the kick off of the Green Thumb kids program, organized by Michelle Smith. Any child under the age of 12 who visits the market will receive a packet of local bean seeds and a heritage tomato plant for their very own garden. They will also receive a growing sheet to keep track of their garden’s progress, gardening advice all summer long, and if they don’t eat their entire product, they can sell their vegetables at their very own table at the Downtown Sydney Farmers Market free of charge.
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