Shop for fresh goodies—produce, meat, baked goods and more—at a new Ottawa spot this weekend. Starting tomorrow—Saturday, May 2—Ottawa’s Main Street Farmers Market is “sprouting up” on the grounds of the Canadian Museum of Nature, at 240 McLeod St. You can find it there Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until the end of October. More than 30 vendors are selling a wide range of food items and crafts produced within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of Ottawa’s Centretown. Free parking is available on neighbouring streets and for a fee in the museum’s lots.
The market was located at Saint Paul University and has been temporarily moved to the museum’s site for 2015 and 2016 while construction takes place along Main Street. Established since 2007, it’s a community-run market that offers a unique opportunity to meet and get to know the people who actually grow and make the food.
“We look forward to hosting the market over the next two years,” says Meg Beckel, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. “Along with being a great place to learn about natural history, the museum is an important civic destination as well. We’re pleased to see our beautiful museum grounds being enjoyed by the community.”
“We could not be more pleased with the new partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature,” says the market’s Sue Cavanaugh. “Our market has always been committed to making local products available in the downtown core and creating a gathering place for the community.”