City of Cambridge
The Hespeler Village Market was founded in 2016 and supports the farm-to-table movement and is intended to promote local farmers and producers of food. The market offers both locally grown produce and products, such as freshly made bread. The market is also a space for artisanal vendors to sell handcrafted goods. The Hespeler Village Market operates seasonally between June and October, and is open Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m.
One of the rules of the market is that products being sold, displayed, or advertised must have been handcrafted, baked, grown, raised, caught, or wild-harvested by the vendor selling them. Handcrafted items must also have no less than 50% handcrafted content, and resale produce must be Ontario grown and can only total 20% of the produce. The Hespeler Village Market recommends that it comes from neighbouring farms.
Free space is provided for buskers and non-profit organizations. Musicians are permitted to accept free-will donations, or to sell copies of their music. Non-profit community groups may use the space for fundraising, promotional and educational purposes. If they wish to attend more than four events per season, they have to pay a fee.
Vendors at the Hespeler Village Market include food producers such as AVO Farms and Top Market Meats, as well as artisans such as Basic Elegance Jewelry and Miluz Art. Products range from donuts to necklaces and beans.
The Hespeler Village Market blog offers a number of posts, including recipes designed to complement purchases at the market. Events at the market have included music from Onion Honey, children’s events hosted by Idea Exchange, and a charity barbeque.
11 Tannery Street East
Hespeler, Cambridge, ON
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