Morrisburg Farmers Market ready and willing to grow

MORRISBURG – Rain or shine Trena Grant, owner of Hucklehounds Home Baked Goodies will be there for opening day of the Morrisburg Farmers Market which is this Friday, May 3rd.

Grant who is a regular vendor at the Morrisburg Market would love for a lot more vendors to join her in selling local produce, homemade or handcrafted goods.

The Municipality of South Dundas recently updated its farmers market bylaw and that bylaw has expanded its boundaries to include all of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and Leeds and Grenville.

Those expanded boundaries, Grant is hopeful, will entice more vendors to the market which takes place 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from now into October.

“I would love to see more produce, maybe someone with rhubarb or garlics or blueberries,” said Grant.

“Anything like that would be wonderful to offer here. Maybe someone selling flowers through the summer or pumpkins in the fall.”

“It would be nice to have more artisans, maybe someone who makes handmade soaps or bath bombs.”

“Honey or maple syrup producers would be great too.”

“There’s plenty of room for everyone,” she said adding that they have a great location in the green space along Main Street in front of the East End Plaza.

“There’s so much opportunity here for new vendors.”

The Morrisburg Farmers Market has been a very small market for years, and Grant wants to see it grow.

Over the years that she has been there she has learned that the daytime market on Fridays captures a unique customer base including both those who are coming into town for the weekend and the local business crowd who have been great customers often dropping at lunchtime to pickup their treats for the weekend.

Grant would like to see more vendors on both days, but it doesn’t matter if a vendor chooses to participate only on one day or both.

With a new fresh logo, Grant hopes that by re-branding and raising awareness of the Farmers Market they can grow both the number of vendors and the customer base.

Anyone wanting to be a vendor should visit the municipal office in Morrisburg to fill out an application. That application ensures that the goods they are selling qualify for the market. Vendors must then pay a $40 vendor permit fee.

“It would be nice to have six or seven vendors participating every week, but we have plenty of room for many more,” she said.

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