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Rain didn't dampen spirts at the first York Street Farmers' Market on May 8. Photo: Hannah Manning

York Street Farmers’ Market looks to reinvigorate ByWard Market with local goods

By Hannah Manning on May 14, 2021



It was local goods only at the first ever York Street Farmers’ Market on Saturday May 8. While that included some local showers, the rain didn’t dampen spirits of shoppers and vendors. Running Saturdays from May to October, the new initiative from Ottawa Markets aims to showcase local goods and produce at a new location on York Street. There’s even beer and whisky!

According to their website, Ottawa Markets entered 2021 with a vision to reenergize the ByWard Market by offering renewed markets that will increase traffic and offer a chance for Ottawans to learn about locally sourced products, while experiencing a taste of Canada in one location. After my visit last weekend, I’m hopeful for what the market can achieve by focusing on local products. The crowd was small but steady Saturday morning and with good weather on the horizon, I’m planning on making an early trip to get my pick of treats and to grab some herbs and vegetables for my garden. To whet your appetite, here are a few of the vendors taking part.

It doesn’t matter where or when I see the The Falafel Guys—it’s impossible to resist the freshly baked saj bread and falafels.


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Dunrobin Distilleries was on site offering a selection of artisanal small batch spirits and all-natural bitters. I dream of the day when the York Street Farmers’ Market expands and opens the York Street Patio featuring cocktails and fresh local beer. Who’s with me?

After reading about Almanac Grain here on Apt613, I was looking forward to picking up some cookies and a loaf of sourdough. I have a feeling this will become a regular stop on my Saturday morning market trip.


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Nothing says summer like bbq, and Junior and the Kid brings some tasty flavours to the grill. The pineapple habanero sauce was particularly delicious on some bbq chicken.

Keep things spicy with fresh spice mixes from Spicetionary Spices+Seasonings. Using only natural ingredients, their Beechwood Spice is a fun take on Montreal Steak Spice.

Kudos to Rutabaga Ranch for rocking their first market appearance. Giant tomato plants, baby kale and fresh cucumber are on display, with more to come as the season progresses.


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Although Dominion City Brewing Co. has an awesome drive thru system in place for all your beer needs, it was pretty cool to pick up a few cans from the market, including City Seltzer.

The York Street Farmers’ Market runs on Saturday from 8am-1pm until October 9, 2021. For more information, visit the Ottawa Markets website or follow them on Instagram @ottawamarkets.