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BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Markets

BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Markets

With 20-years writing about Ottawa life we think we have
a pretty good idea of the best of what this city has to offer.
In this new weekly summer series we’ll share it with you.
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Lansdowne Farmers’ Market

The Lansdowne Farmers’ Market is a foodie’s paradise. It’s the one and only farmers’ market limited to producers in the city that’s open year-round. Vendors sprawl across Aberdeen Square every Sunday selling everything under the sun, including produce, baked goods, sweet treats, dairy products, meats, plants, beverages and pre-made dishes, all made and grown within 100 kilometres of the capital.

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Parkdale Market

Their focus is produce and they’ve been doing it well since 1924. Running every day of the week between April and October, they’re known for their great selection and high quality. Meet and greet with the farmers themselves and pick up a crate of the best peaches you’ll ever taste. They also sell Christmas trees, wreaths and firewood in the winter months.

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This not-for-profit monthly market showcases over 100 vendors, selling everything from vintage clothes to handmade goods. From antiques to independent boutiques, local makers and creators of all types congregate under one roof. Stock is always changing and many goods are one-of-a-kind.

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Etsy: Made in Canada

Based on and spearheaded by the famed online platform built to share, promote and support independent artisans, this annual craft show has been running for five years and now spans 24 locations across the country. Etsy makers and local craftspeople have the opportunity to sell their goods in-person in a community-led environment. Normally taking place in the Fall, this year introduced the first spring show celebrating their big anniversary.

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Byward Outdoor Market

This central city market from which the neighbourhood gets its name is a hub of local life, especially in the summer season. Its historical roots branch back to its foundation by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, making it one of oldest and biggest public markets in the nation. The many agri-food stalls and art and craft vendors are open rain or shine. Scout out the Savour Ottawa logo to tell if food is grown or raised in or around the city.

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Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market

When it comes to vintage wares, you can’t get much better than the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market. Take your time browsing through more than 40,000 square feet of unique pieces spanning the decades, including jewellery, art, clothing, textiles, kitchenware and more. You’re bound to find a treasure trove in their immense inventory or antiques no matter what your era of choice.

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The New Art Festival

For one day very year, the New Art Festival takes over Central Park in the Glebe, transforming it into a showcase for almost 200 local artists that welcomes thousands of guests. The non-profit outdoor visual art exhibition features handmade work of all styles and materials, with something for everyone no matter your taste. Organizers support their work by not retaining any portion of sales.

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The MarketMobile started out as a dream to bring fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables to communities around the city, levelling access to healthy food and connecting residents to resources. But the market on wheels has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Originally a pilot project by Ottawa’s Poverty and Hunger Working Group on an old OC Transpo bus, the MarketMobile now operates two days each week year-round from it’s very own truck and trailer, supported by various community organizations and local partners.

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Cheerfully Made Markets

Started by Emily Arbour, the idea for this series of craft shows across the Ottawa Valley flourished from her original Almonte gift shop, Hello Yellow, where she sells local handmade items in an effort to support the Canadian craft-making community. Their holiday market is the perfect place to pick up unique and original gifts for everyone on your list.

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Freewheeling Craft

Freewheeling craft is a market on a mission to connect consumers with the stories behind their purchases, creating a more engaging shopping experience and building a community around local artists. Their aim is to celebrate creativity and boost the city’s indie-craft movement, showcasing both new and existing makers in a series of seasonal pop-ups curated to match a theme. The fun and festive atmosphere is enhanced by artisanal refreshments and great conversation.

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