[Press Release] It’s official. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market is returning to where it all began – Lansdowne Park. Ottawa City Council approved the Licence of Occupation for the Ottawa Farmers’ Market’s return to the redeveloped Lansdowne Park for the 2015 season.

“We started the market at Lansdowne in 2006 with just 19 members.” said Andy Terauds, President of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market Association. “Now with more than 100 vendors, our return to Lansdowne is an opportunity to buy local food year-round in a permanent location.”

Local farmers and producers have been using innovative techniques to increase their growing capacity and extending the growing season. This new year-round market place is crucial to supporting and increasing these efforts and sustaining local farms.

Starting in January 2015, the market will open every Sunday until the end of April. At the beginning of May, the market will operate 3 days a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundaysin practically the same footprint as the original market, just north of the Aberdeen Pavillion. For the popular Christmas Markets, the Aberdeen Pavillion at Lansdowne will be home to the Ottawa Farmers’ Market starting as early as late November.

“Our market has flourished with the community’s support at the Brewer Park location for the past 3 seasons.” said Terauds. “It has been incredible. We look forward to making this move with our customers. We want to build a new, inviting atmosphere.”

We mean local. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market is Canada’s largest producer-only farmers’ market, serving up fresh produce, locally raised meats, small-batch baked goods and artisanal foods, award-winning cheeses, honey, maple syrup, and arts and crafts.

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