NDAC announces new Winchester farmer’s market

WINCHESTER — The North Dundas Arts Council (NDAC) is pleased to announce that it is retiring from operating Winchester Sunday Market, as another group steps up to run a new farmers’ market this coming summer. NDAC co-chair Ann Brady says she is pleased that the market is being taken over by one of its third season vendors, Amanda Giles, of Oak Valley Produce. “When NDAC launched Winchester Sunday Market, we hoped that once it became established, it would be taken over by members of the community. That moment has finally arrived!”

Founded as a pilot project in 2015, the small but popular event brought together local vendors, performers and customers in a relaxed outdoor venue in downtown Winchester, on Sunday afternoons during the summer months.

Brady says managing a market, even on a volunteer basis, is a lot of work. “Many dedicated volunteers helped create and maintain our market, including Gabriel Dale Hill, who designed its logo; Bert Hill and Lorne Pardy, who helped plan the market and secure vendors; Gail Storring, NDAC’s co-chair, who oversaw financial operations and delivered signs; Patsy Lynch, our second season driver; Assan Omar, our third season soundman and DJ; and Clare Korth, who created and maintained our website through three successful seasons.  We are especially indebted to Butch Oldford and The Oldford Team for their advice and generous sponsorship that helped make Winchester Sunday Market possible. And we thank all our wonderful vendors and musicians who transformed an idea into something beautiful for the citizens of Winchester to enjoy.”

The new ‘Winchester Market’ will be held in the parking lot of Seaway Valley Pharmacy at 507 Main Street, every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, with a May 13 launch date. Market director Amanda Giles is excited about developing her concepts into a larger, more lucrative market that will benefit local vendors, many of whom have become past-season favourites and will be returning this year.  Brockville Farmers’ Market manager, Rob Harsh, will be working with Giles as her advisor and Market Liaison person.

“This season will be a celebration of local products!” Giles enthuses. “We look forward to providing a market bursting with local fruits and vegetables, foods, music, art and community. We have been busy contacting vegetable and fruit producers, bakers, crafters, artisans, and homemade food concession operators, and are accepting applications for new and returning vendors.” Interested parties can contact The Winchester Market at thewinchestermarket@gmail.com for more information and application forms.

“We believe Amanda and her team are going to do a good job of this, and we invite our valued customers to join us in wishing them every success as they launch into their first season,” Brady adds. “This is going to be a great summer!”