Have you ever wanted to head down to the farmer’s market on a snowy winter Sunday and then realized that: a) it’s winter, b) there is still snow on the ground and c) there is no farmer’s market in the winter time? Well, times are a changin’ and while it is still winter and there is still snow on the ground, the farmer’s market is indeed open.
For those of you who haven’t heard yet, the Ottawa Farmer’s Market is now open year round, with the addition of the Winter Market, at their new (again) location at Lansdowne. Every Sunday, from 10am-3pm, you can get your farmer’s market fix in the cozy Aberdeen Pavilion.
The Aberdeen Pavillion is a beautiful building, with an abundance of space and natural light, providing the ideal locale to hold such an event. The market is still a big hit with families and, although there are not as many dogs, there is definitely no shortage of babies. While you cannot complete your grocery trip at the Winter Market like you can in the summer months, there are still many a tasty treat to take home.
Bearbrook Farms has an adventurous selection of not-so-typical meats for those who want to try something a little different. You can try everything from emu, to wild boar, to kangaroo! Another vendor at the market specialises in yak meat, if that strikes your fancy. There are small scale, artisan cheeses available from local farms, including a delicious sheep’s milk cheese called Milkhouse Tomme, from Milkhouse Farm & Dairy.
You can find all kinds of jams and jellies, pickled beets and beans. There are apples and apple cider and pear cider too (yes, pear cider exists, and it is delicious). You can buy farm-made pancake mix and local maple syrup to put on them. Art Is In Bakery also has a spot at the market bringing along a formidable supply of delicious breads and pastries.
Edible treats are not the only kind you will find at the Winter Market. There are a variety of scarves, mitts and hats – all locally made from colourful wools. Woodworkers have cutting boards and jewelry boxes for sale. You can also pick up a selection of artisan soaps, creams, and lip balms.
The Winter Market is your perfect after brunch activity, or get there early and enjoy a Bearbrook breakfast. Their scrambled eggs are delicious; they’re so good they sell out quickly!
The Ottawa Farmer’s Market is open every Sunday from 10 – 3 at Lansdowne Park until the end of April. At the beginning of May, the market will operate 3 days a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays just north of the Aberdeen Pavillion.