Community Harvest Farmers Market provides affordable produce in Kingston’s north end

Community Harvest, an initiative sponsored by Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC), is reopening their affordable Farmers Market for the 2021 season.

The Farmers Market will run every Tuesday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Rideau Heights Community Centre (85 Macauley St.) Opening day will be Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2021. The last Market day will be October 5, 2021, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

“Community members’ health and safety are our top priority,” KCHC said in a media release. “We will follow Public Health protocols with physical distancing, mandated mask-wearing, and hand sanitizing by all staff and patrons. No sampling can be provided, and there will not be children’s activities.”

New this year, you can meet the Community Harvest gardener, a good resource for gardening and recipe questions. Many local farms and seed savers have donated seeds and seedlings to the Community Harvest garden; there will be more than 25 different veggie crops that will be available to purchase at the Market for nominal fees over the course of the season, according to the release.

In 2020, due to the pandemic, KCHC pivoted away from the Market and instead provided a biweekly local fresh food box to 32 families, with contributions from Sands, Robinson’s Community Gardens, Bill Votary, and No.9 Gardens.

“No.9 donated over 900lbs of produce to this project last year,” KCHC said, “and we look forward to having their fresh, local produce at the Market this year. We will have other pop-up vendors over the 2021 season as well!”

Loving Spoonful, a Founding Member of Community Harvest, has rejoined the collective as a community partner. Meet some of the Loving Spoonful staff and volunteers, learn about the new Urban Agriculture Project, and explore opportunities to get involved growing food in your community.

The 2021 Community Harvest Farmers Market is operating at a new location this year, at the Rideau Heights Community Centre. KCHC thanks St. Matthew’s United Church for hosting the Market for five years, and wish the new owners well.

According to the release, this will be a scaled-down Market, but the veggies will be fresh and local, and the prices can’t be beat.

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