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Sustainable Food: Closer than you think!

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By virtue of running a small neighbourhood market, I am exposed to all sorts of different sustainable growing projects. The Beechwood Market has a nice mix of full time farmers as well as part-time growers. Each with their own unique approach to growing, some have chosen the organic route while others remain conventional. Regardless of the growing technique, Ottawa area growers are adding to the larger framework of a sustainable City. Independent thinkers like Mel Foster, of Foster Family Farm, is constantly on the lookout for new technologies and distribution angles in order to increase his operation’s longevity. Our local...

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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...

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You Asked, We're Answering!

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We always want to hear what you think, so we are answering the calls of our neighbours. You wanted more local produce; we are very excited to announce that Rideau Pines Farm (www.rideaupinesfarm.com) and Proulx Farm (www.proulxberryfarm.com) will be joining the Beechwood Market family on July 12th! As well, there has been so much love for our Bouncy Castle, it will now be returning weekly! So bring the kids down while you mingle, shop and relax for a great way to spend Saturday mornings with the family!

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Opening Day - Thank you!

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Thank you Ottawa!! Beechwood Market is thrilled to have had so much wonderful support today! Stellar weather, an amazing turn out and smiles everywhere!!! We could not have asked for a better Opening Day - so much to look forward to this season! Be sure to check out our opening date photos on facebook too!

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"Name Our Farmer" Contest Winner

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"Name Our Farmer" Contest Winner

Congratulations to Meagan Dalby, the winner of the "Name our Famer" contest!! In her entry Meagan writes, "He should be named Tommy Mac, after Thomas MacKay who divided the land around Beechwood Avenue into parcels, which were originally called the MacKay Estates". A little bit of history to add to our Market.  Thank you to everyone who entered and thanks to our friends at Beauty + Sussex for donating the gift card, and of course, thank you Meagan for submitting such a great name! Welcome to Beechwood Market, Tommy Mac!!

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