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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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Beechwood Market: New Season, New Location, New Energy

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Beechwood Market: New Season, New Location, New Energy

I thank you all for making the Winter Edition a success. One of few winter markets in the City, the Winter Edition's momentum allows us to launch into the summer with great confidence. That said, it is difficult to think of the summer Market season, as I look out at over 50cm of snow pounding the ground. You remember the storm, February 16, biggest snow fall in history, pretty much crippled the City. Sorry, that's enough. But, indeed the return of our Market is one more thing to look forward to after the melt. With the third season of the...

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Beechwood Village: A Market Manager's Perspective

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One of the reasons I chose Beechwood Village for a new farmer’s market is its history, growth and sex appeal. When I speak of its history, I gravitate towards the more recent years, my years of first account. My first job at the Joanisse IGA at age 13, had the Claude Tavern in the parking lot, Jimmy cutting hair, as Lester’s predecessor, across the street and the Foam store (to become Bridgehead) in full swing doing…I was never sure what . There was certainly less development along the corridor, but people ambled in and out of shops and stopped to...

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