Did You Know The Carleton Place Farmers Market Could Have an Impact on our Downtown?




Our Farmer’s Market is slowly evolving into a community hub. Each Saturday I see more and more people meeting friends and bringing their families to the market square. It is not only one of the best ways to support and buy local– it is also giving you, as a customer, an opportunity to hang out and talk to our local farmers and artisans. It takes years to gain status- but I am positive that this year we have built an even stronger foundation and increased our visibility to making our market known county wide. I can truly say it is an honour to work with this group– all with the same goal– to make the Carleton Place Farmers Market a local landmark.


A Canadian survey of over 800 customers from a variety of Canadian farmers markets- indoor and out around the country  proved that 60% of farmer’s market shoppers also visited nearby stores on the same day– and only on days that they visit the market. Another survey noted that  participating farmers also patronized at least one other nearby store on their way to and from the market.


Various studies in Ontario noted that a dollar spent at a local farmer’s market has a larger effect on local economy than one spent at a local grocery chain store, and that dollar even circulated longer.

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Evidence from Farmers Market Ontario even enforces the findings suggesting that visitors to farmers’ markets fully intend to interact with the commercial area that contains the market, in a variety of ways. For example, Cummings et al., found that 50 percent of farmers’ market customers in Ontario would “…make additional shopping stops during their outing to the market”.




Did you know when we had our 25th birthday celebration in July, I calculated a list of those who participated in our celebration draws. Over 25% were from outside of Carleton Place–imagine if marketed correctly and even 10% shopped on our Main Street afterwards. Cross-promotion does not cost much and it gives results. We need to stop kicking dreams around for our downtown and get down to what really works.


Did you know this about the Carleton Place Farmers Market?

1.Did you know the oldest and youngest farmers sell side by side at our market? ( Limekiln and Terramor farms)


2.Did you know you can buy meat with your fresh produce? ( McGahey Farms and Natural Lamb- Keith and Deb Salisbury)


3.Have you met the folks at Indian Creek Orchard whose farm is a polyculture community micro farm? Have you ever met our seasonal vendors like Beckwith Berries (who was in the film Metal Tornado) or watched Diamondbrook Farm polishing their apples–they even sell untreated popcorn along with their apples.


4.Have you ever met John from Path Back Farms?  Now there is a treat– especially when you try our hot out of the oven Itsy Bitsy Hot fresh Bagels with his Red Pepper Jelly.

5.We have Conrad’s Bike on the Go every Saturday. Bring your bike in and Conrad can make it like new again.

6.We have people like Chridomar Gardens and My Hobby Farm that make pickles and jams from their gardens and Grandma Garretts, Missie’s fresh baking and Vegan baking from The Crunchy Cabin.

7.Then there are the artisans that come every week ( Chris and Debbie and Portshell Crafts) or those that come once a month on Artisan’s Day, and we are the first on the block to have Indian Street food (Raj’s Indian Kitchen).


8.Finally, have you ever met ‘the beekeeper’? Dunlop’s Honey is known as Lanark County’s finest. Almonte can have their Hummingbird Chocolate, but the Carleton Place Farmers Market has Dunlop Honey truffles.

Related Reading

Can You Fix Downtown Carleton Place by Rebranding? An Op-Ed

Carleton Place BIA board to enact ‘radical’ changes–Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette

By Tara Gesner


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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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