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Local farmers' markets wrap up the season with Harvest Festivals

As colder weather approaches, local farmers' markets prepare to close - or move indoors
Selection of squash at the Bradford Farmers' market. Miriam King/Bradford Today

The leaves are changing colour – autumn is in the air! And this week, two outdoor farmers’ markets are holding their final outdoor sessions of the season, each celebrating with a Thanksgiving and Harvest Festival.

On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Innisfil Farmers’ Market holds its final outdoor session in the south parking lot at the Innisfil Recreation Complex, Innisfil Beach Road and Yonge Street, from 1 to 6 p.m.

In addition to the regular vendors, there will be an Artisans’ Fair, and special activities that include honey presentations, a treasure hunt for the kids, beehive painting and, at 5 p.m., a Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Members of town council, vendors, and members of the community are invited to bring in their carved pumpkins for judging.

Come out for fresh baked treats, home-made apple cider and a celebration of the harvest. Starting on Oct. 17, the Innisfil Farmers’ Market moves indoors, inside the Innisfil Recreation Complex, every Thursday until Dec. 19.

On Saturday, Oct. 12 the final outdoor Bradford Farmers’ Market takes place in the east parking lot of the BWG Public Library, 425 Holland St. West, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Vendors selling fresh produce, fresh baking, natural meats, local honey, Everything Maple & More dips, preserves, home-made cranberry sauce, farm-fresh eggs and artisanal cheeses will be joined by local crafters and artisans, as Russ Clayton entertains.

It’s an opportunity to say goodbye to the vendors – although there will be four indoor markets, held inside the Bradford library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 9 and 30, Dec. 14, and a special Christmas Market on Dec. 21.


Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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