I had mixed feelings when I crossed the bridge over Lawrence. I am delighted that the market, the sun, and the community is back. But there’s no denying that the Farmers’ Market is off to a slow start.
Ken’s back bacon was there, as was—joy—the egg and cheese man. Three pastry vendors were selling, and I can attest that the cinnamon buns have never been equalled.
The new, smaller lot works to the markets’ advantage, too; it feels more intimate and less run down.
But there’s no way around it: the market is small. There were no vegetables. Of course, it is still early, but not a single vendor was selling fresh produce, even from the Ontario Food Terminal. The smoothie vendor was gone, too, as was the meat and bread seller. I remain hopeful.
While the vendors I spoke to said that business was fine, it can’t have been helped by the market’s inaccessibility. The John Street bridge remains unfinished, so anyone coming from the village has to detour out to Weston Road or go under the unpleasant bridge on Lawrence. It’s not the end of the world, to be sure, but it does make the market less accessible, especially for those who struggle with mobility. The John Street bridge was supposed to be finished in late 2014.