Like many other Kingstonians, we had gardening on our minds this past long weekend. This resulted in countless hours spent digging around in the earth, coaxing our tiny vegetable seedlings into the ground and purchasing a few additional tomato, zucchini and pepper plants from local producers at the Market. This year however, we veered away from the hustle and bustle of Market Square, electing to check out the brand new market at the Memorial Centre. We saw a lot if familiar faces taking it all in and the initial response was overwhelmingly positive. Accordingly, this week’s poll asks:
What did you enjoy about the Memorial Centre Market?
- All of the Above (67%, 51 Votes)
- Great Vegetable Plants (11%, 8 Votes)
- Paulina's Curry Mix (9%, 7 Votes)
- Local Meats and Cheeses (7%, 5 Votes)
- Free Parking (7%, 5 Votes)
- Crafts and Clothing (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 76
As we were out and about doing pre-gardening errands, we drove to the Memorial Centre Market, which made it easier to cart our purchases away. In spite of the Market’s popularity, parking at the Memorial Centre was a breeze, which is rarely the case in relation to Market Square. I was thoroughly impressed with the addition of Paulina’s Curry Mix, and I fully expect to make regular trips just to enjoy some of their pakura and other spicy treats under a shade tree in the adjacent park. As this market features only local producers, there were few veggies to be had as the growing season has just begun. As things start to ripen, the Market will undoubtedly augment whatever veggies we’re craving or otherwise don’t materialize in our 70 some odd plant garden.
The M-Centre has received notable upgrades in recent years such as new play structures, and the Leo Lafleur Waterpark. The addition of this new market will further contribute to the revitalization of Williamsville, and possibly make up for the eventual relocation of the International Hockey Hall of Fame. The initial success of the Memorial Centre Market also begs the question: what other neighbourhoods would benefit from a local farmers market?