FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2015
Main Farmers’ Market finds a new temporary home at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa, Ontario, March 26, 2015– After an extensive search, the Board of Directors of the Main Farmers’ Market is pleased to announce that the market has found a temporary home during the Main Street Renewal Construction Project. The market , which was located at Saint Paul University, will be hosted at the Canadian Museum of Nature for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
“We could not be more pleased with the new partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature,” said Sue Cavanaugh, Chair of the Main Farmers’ Market Board of Directors. “Our market has always been committed to making local products available in the downtown core and creating a gathering place for the community. We look forward to continuing this at the museum.”
Only one kilometre from its permanent home in Old Ottawa East, the temporary location will make it easier for both customers and vendors to access the market during the extensive construction project on Main Street. The move also offers the residents and local businesses of Centretown a new opportunity to enjoy fresh, seasonal ingredients at their doorstep.
“We look forward to hosting the farmers’ market over the next two years,” said 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.”
The Main Farmers’ Market features more than 30 vendors offering a range of produce, meats, baked goods and crafts all from within 100 miles of Old Ottawa East. Established in 2007, the community-run market gives customers a unique opportunity to meet and get to know the people who grow and make their food.
Ivan Gedz, owner of local restaurant Union 613, is looking forward to establishing connections with Main Farmers’ Market vendors. “Supporting local farmers, community groups and food security have been important to this restaurant from its inception and we are very excited to be able to forge new relationships with farmers from our region, specifically the chance to meet them face-to-face and talk about the produce.” When asked what he is looking forward to this season, he replied, “you just can’t beat that quality and freshness that comes with just harvested goods that have been nurtured with care, and often by hand. I think this will be a great boon to the Elgin to Bank corridor.”
The Main Farmers’ Market at the museum operates on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., from the beginning of May until the end of October. Parking is available for free on neighbouring streets and for a fee in the museum’s lots.
May 2nd is opening day. Come and celebrate the market’s new home and explore the museum’s amazing exhibits (regular admission applies). We look forward to seeing everyone this season at the Main Farmers’ Market – local by Nature!
Main Farmers’ Market
Canadian Museum of Nature
240 McLeod Street (at Metcalfe)
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