A farmers’ market is exactly what a “COVID-tired culture needs,” according to the mayor of West Lincoln.
It provides the community with an opportunity to get out of the house to shop for locally grown produce, Dave Bylsma said from the parking lot of the West Lincoln Community Centre as market patrons shopped this season’s bounty.
“This is motherhood and apple pie,” he said.
Held Fridays, the weekly market features locally grown fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, pet treats, tapestry and live entertainment.
After nine years without one, the community welcomed the farmers’ market back in late July. On Aug. 27, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the official reopening.
“Nothing tastes better than having something local. Nothing tastes even better than having that fresh peach from that tree. So, this is a great thing for West Lincoln,” said Coun. Jason Trombetta, who was joined by fellow councillors Cheryl Ganann and William Reilly at the event.
“I think it’s exciting to see, as your town grows and as all of you are involved in this process, these types of initiatives are coming forward,” said Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff.
The mayor and members of council credited Michelle Seaborn, the market manager and CAO of West Lincoln Bev Hendry, for their efforts in opening and running the farmers’ market.
“Every week is getting better,” said Seaborn, who has been running the market since its opening.
She said that the market was now operating at its current capacity of 22 vendors and that plans for growth for next year have been confirmed, which include more vendor space as well a designated bandshell for live music.
The farmers’ market runs every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the West Lincoln Community Centre at 177 West St. in Smithville. Masks are not required but are encouraged, along with physical distancing. This year’s market season wraps up after Thanksgiving.