Looking Back to Move Forward: The Good and Bad of 2014

Posted by Chris Penton on

Overall our inaugural season was a success. From hosting our very first patron to the vendor party after the Grand Finale, the weekly vibe was fun, fresh and steadfast.

With the sudden demise of the Vanier Farmer’s Market on Montreal Road the opportunity was too sweet to pass up. My dream of creating a gathering place in the neighbourhood, I thank my fellow Founders, Claridge and the Shopify lads for sharing the vision. I hope our little Saturday spot will lay the base for something more permanent.

In the spirit of analysis, here are a few things that were well received:

The breakfast and sitting area, live acoustic music, bouncy castle (!), the variety of vendors. All of these will repeat themselves this season. The first three icing on the cake, the Market would be an empty lot without the crew of dedicated, happy and amenable vendors. With the good, sometimes there is the bad:

Lack of recycling. This is something that we are working on for this season. The details have not yet been ironed out, but the conversations have started.

Word of mouth. No small business owner is ever satisfied. Only in our first year, this most effective method of marketing will (hopefully) grow as time goes on.In the time of social media, I ask for your assistance. Feel free to tell people in person as well.

Weather being what it is, the rain certainly washed out Rootapalooza. However, a surprising number of people showed up in the driving rain to hear the Open Mic and pick up the special Root Veg items some of the vendors had produced. Let’s hope for sun this time around.

Please come down on July 4th chat about these points or any others you wish to raise.

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