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The City of Ottawa - I have nice things to say

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The Market will move to Optimiste Park on Labour Day. In order for the park to act as a commercial site, the City must rezone the area. After the go to 'come on, man, really?!' reaction that sometimes manifests itself into speech, I put myself in the shoes of policy makers and the folks that carry out these policies. Indeed, sometimes tight and restrictive, I have seen societies that have gone in the opposite direction. In appreciation of our overregulation, I now suffer silently through the cutting of red tape. Apparently quite a process, I met with the four senior...

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Beechwood Market – Going Online

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The Beechwood Market will kick into gear on June 10th this year. We’ll run for 18 weeks until Thanksgiving, October 7th. Saturdays 9:00AM-2:00PM. Still on the front lawn of the old St Charles Church, 135 Barrette St, there is a move in the works. We’ll save that surprise for later in the summer! This year’s Beechwood Breakfast duties will be shared between the Beechwood Gastropub, the boys at Jargon and Los Tamalitos. Live music will continue and the kids craft table will be well stocked. Look for special programming on Opening Day, Canada Day and a Fall fiesta (date TBD)....

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Nearing the End of Season 3

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As I write, we are going into the 15th weekend of the Beechwood Market's third season. A significantly evolved scene from our first year, the vendors, community and I have learned a lot. With a lot of returning vendors like Gentlecraft Organics, Jargon Preserves and Buddy Bites,  we added a few newbies such as Allium Farm, Beking's Eggs and Barking Barista. Carefully selected for their quality, presentation and attitude, the idea was to enhance the shopping experience while maintaining the culture of cool and happy. A fantastic mixture of small businesses, they quickly got to cross promoting, trading products and...

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The Beechwood Bouncy Castle: Final Chapter

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The Beechwood Bouncy Castle: Final Chapter

You may all recall the Great Bouncy Castle Heist of 2015. The Beechwood Market’s commercial sized, 400lbs, bouncy castle was stolen right off the Market site part way through the summer season. Although the bouncy castle was never recovered, perhaps condemned to a life of private parties for the most rambunctious of children, the saga did not stop there.  The Beechwood Market moved over to the soon-to-be, Marche St Charles at 135 Barrette St at the end of the 2015 season. The bouncy castle was replaced with a smaller version for our Winter Edition - four Saturdays in January &...

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Young Farmers: The Future of Ag

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Young Farmers: The Future of Ag

Young farmer is the new buzz word in agriculture these days. Sought after by agribusinesses for future contracts and advocacy groups for a fresh voice, young farmers have become a recognized force in the industry; a force that is getting stronger as food becomes more important and mainstream.  Often armed with a university degree, solid tech savvy and keen business sense, the upcoming generation of farmer is a far cry from Old McDonald. The future generation of farming is coming from all angles. The most common still the next generation of the family farm, some young farmers are millennials that...

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