Ancaster Farmers Market returns to the heart of the village in 2021
The Ancaster Farmers Market is returning to the heart of the village in 2021.
While the market’s previous home at St. John’s on the Green was unavailable due to health and safety restrictions from the Niagara Diocese, organizers needed to make a decision to operate the weekly event in time for the 2021 season.
This year’s market will be held on property at the corner of Wilson Street East and Academy Street, owned by Wilson Street Ancaster Inc.
Market manager Cindy Hawryluk said the new site ensures the market remains in the heart of the Ancaster Village Business Improvement Area.
"While the history and great products are the same, we continue to provide a safe outdoor environment while maintaining all the additional protections mandated by the Hamilton public Health department,” said Hawryluk. “We have adapted to meet the pandemic restrictions necessary to keep our vendors, patrons, staff and volunteers safe. This includes using hand sanitizer, wearing masks and physical distancing. Last year, the market also started offering online ordering with curbside pickup and we will continue with this option this year. Also, most vendors will accept credit and debit for contactless payments.”
Patrons will be asked to limit shopping to one person from each household and to leave pets at home.
The market is slated to run on Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. from June 2 to Oct. 6.
Twenty-six vendors have confirmed their attendance, so far, with the potential for more.
Hawryluk said the market will have a mix of primary producers (vendors who grow and harvest food products) and secondary producers (those who sell prepared food products like baked goods and food trucks).
At least 50 per cent of vendors must be primary producers.
“We’ll have more vendors than we had last year,” said Hawryluk. “There’s a lot of people who are really excited about being in the heart of the village.”
Hawryluk will be working closely with the BIA to promote small businesses in the village, like restaurants, for example.
“We’re trying to work with the restaurants to create a little bit of a buzz for our market day specials as well,” said Hawryluk.
The market will also work with other businesses and property owners in the area to manage an increased demand for parking on market days.
Ancaster BIA chair Melissa Sander said the entire board is excited the farmers market will be returning to the village core in a new, convenient location.
“The farmers market is an ongoing tradition in Ancaster and would not be possible without our wonderful vendors, volunteers and market manager, Cindy Hawryluk,” said Sander.
In a statement, the developers at Wilson St. Ancaster Inc., who are eventually looking to create a mixed-use residential and commercial development at the site, said they were more than happy to collaborate to help bring the market back to the village.