‘Ottawa’ Three New Farmers’ Markets up for Consideration in Ottawa Neighbourhoods
There could be a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables coming to three Ottawa neighbourhoods.
The planning committee will be asked Tuesday to formally approve farmers’ markets in three locations, two of which are new — Village Square Park in Stittsville, the Byron Linear Tramway Park in Westboro and the Riverview park and ride in south Ottawa.
The markets will be run by the Ottawa Farmers’ Market Association, which also operates the Lansdowne Market and one at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Orléans.
A minimum of 60 per cent of the vendors must be direct-sales from farmers within 100 kilometres of Ottawa and the markets prohibit the re-selling of farm products.
The new Stittsville market would operate on Fridays between noon and 6 p.m., from June to October. The location is expected to attract up to 20 vendors.
The Byron market has actually been operating for five years, but the city is only now amending the zoning to permit a farmers’ market at this location. The market operates on Saturdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., from May to October. This location is expected to have up to 50 vendors.
And the south Ottawa market would operate on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., from June to October. This location is expected to have as many as 50 vendors.
In its report to the committee, the planning department says it received more than 100 comments from the public about the new markets, the majority of which were positive.
Concerns, however, were raised about traffic, parking, garbage removal and preservation of greenspace.
Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri, Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper and Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Michael Qaqish — in whose wards the markets would be located — are all supportive of the proposal.