Today was the first Saturday in May so the Farmers’ Market was open but in a new location. Operating since 1839 – mostly from the parking lot behind Victoria Hall – it is now located around the concrete pad that serves as a base for the rink in winter and a fountain in summer. I counted 28 booths, mostly with tents although the weather was kind: sunny and cool. Vendor trucks were parked in the adjacent lot so there was parking available for customers behind Victoria Hall. The day opened with Mary Ito of the Cobourg Legion Pipes and Drums providing a ceremonial “Piping in”; she led Mayor Gil Brocanier and Councillor Séguin around the central space. Vince Ruttan provided entertainment for this first day. There will be entertainment from a local performer each week.
Although it’s called a Farmer’s Market, it seemed that few vendors were actually selling produce – that will probably improve further into the season. But the mission statement of the Cobourg Farmers’ Market Association is broader than fruit and vegetables – it does include crafts and “local products”.
The concrete pad was used today by kids (see photos below) and when the Fountain and pool is setup after the July 1st Waterfront Festival they will no doubt have more fun. On the Saturday of that Festival, the market will revert to their old spot – but just for that day.
It seemed that the total number of vendors was more than last year and there also seemed to be more customers. It is certainly less cramped. Council was represented (when I was there around 10:30) by Mayor Gil Brocanier, Suzanne Séguin and Aaron Burchat. You might be able to spot them in the lead photo.
This change will add another activity to the space; it’s already used for Christmas lights, winter skating, the Rotary tent for the Waterfront Festival and the fountain. The south end of Rotary Park features the mid-town creek with its bridge and love-locks.