Week two of the Tantallon Village Farmers Market was another roaring success. There was enough cloud cover to prevent sun burn while the few sprinkles of rain weren't enough to dampen either clothing or spirits.
No shortage of produce this week! Per the photos below there were vegetables of all shapes and colors available. Of course there was also excellent prepared food and items from local crafters, but the focus of this blog entry is the produce.
It is a joy to watch the empty gravelled area, over a period of about an hour, sprout into a bustling, active market where people chat with friends, enjoy tasty prepared food, purchase fresh produce and generally soak up the ambiance and sense of community. The Information Booth, staffed by market volunteers, did a steady business answering questions, directing people to their destination, chatting with potential vendors and helping to solve any issues that came up. For a while there was a plate of "free while they last" home made butter tarts at the Information Booth; they didn't last long.
Last week's market was so well attended that we maxed out the parking in the Redmond's Plaza, making it difficult for customers of the plaza's businesses to find a place to park. This week, with the aid of a large sign and parking monitors, we encouraged market customers to use the ample parking along Sonny's Lane (behind the plaza) and the convenient walkways from there to the market. This worked well and kept parking open for business customers while allowing our customers to park but a short walk from the market.