The City of Hamilton has just announced that the Farmers' Market, 35 York Boulevard will have an outdoor pavillion this summer, for the first time in 33 years. The market will open outdoors on Saturdays from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, starting on June 8 and running to November 2.
The City will close the eastbound curb lane of York Boulevard between Park and MacNab Street to accommodate the outdoor stalls. According to Donna Lee MacDonald, Farmers' Market manager, this will "ensure there is adequate space for the vendors as well as pedestrians to enjoy the outdoor market and visit the 60+ permanent vendors housed inside the Hamilton Farmers' Market."
The outdoor market will feature "a mix of new seasonal vendors and current existing vendors. Seasonal Outdoor Market vendors will be supplying only local, seasonal produce." Vendors will pay $35 a day, plus insurance, for a stall with 24-30 foot frontage.
When the City of Hamilton went ahead with the redevelopment of Central Library and the Farmers' Market, one of the exciting provisions in that plan was a glass curtain facade on the Market with removable partitions that opened so that the market could extend onto the sidewalk.
York Boulevard Streetscape redesign rendering (Image Credit: City of Hamilton)
The Market moved into the redeveloped space in early 2011, but the promised outdoor market did not take place in the summer of 2011 or 2012. According to MacDonald, "This year we were in a better position to arrange and coordinate the seasonal outdoor market program and hope to continue with it in the years to come."
The Market was founded in 1837, and its first location was at the corner of York and James. It moved into the old City Hall in the 1880s, operating a floor below the Council chambers. Later it moved to an outdoor market square on York Street.
The Market has been in its current location since 1980, except for a couple of years when it moved into Jackson Square during the Market and Library renovation.
Hamilton Farmers' Market in 1920
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