The first occurrence of the Tantallon Village Farmers Market was well attended by both visitors and vendors resulting is a successful kickoff following months of meetings, planning and preparation. Organizers were pleased to see eleven vendors and hundreds of visitors enjoying what turned out to be a warm and rain-free afternoon, ideal for the start of a new market.
The atmosphere was convivial with live-music wafting through the air, people greeting friends they happened to meet at the market, vendors doing a brisk business and - at one point - an urgent call for more lemons as the warm day was creating a run on the fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Just out of sight in the first photo are the tables and chairs of the seating area, and the canopy tent over the musicians.
The market will run every Tuesday afternoon through the end of October. Next week, August 14, organizers expect three additional vendors. The roster of vendors is expected to vary and expand as the market matures. The organizers wish to thank the many people who stopped by the Information Booth with words of support and encouragement.
The organizers are working toward having more produce available at the market as the intention is for it to be a genuine farmers market with some crafters, not primarily a craft market. The market is in the very early stages and the modest quantity of produce available today was a combination of still signing up produce vendors, the July drought reducing available produce, vendors bringing modest amounts to a new and thus unknown market and some vendors selling out of the produce they did bring. The market is a work in progress which will develop and improve over time.