The Hub June 2017 - Page 8

Angelica Haggert You have likely seen the graphic a thousand times - when you buy from a market instead of a superstore, you help a family pay the rent, send their kid to soccer or buy school supplies. In Windsor-Essex, the opportunity to support local vendors exists at a variety of markets, multiple days of the week. Catch a market chock full of food and craft vendors in west Windsor, on Sandwich Street from May to September, Saturdays and Sundays. During the school year, in conjunction with the UWindsor Good Food Hub, the West Windsor Market also operates on campus. The Willistead Night Market this year operates on June 30, September 29 and October 27. After some controversy over a name change and change in leadership, the market has just announced that proceeds from the markets will be going to the Windsor International Film Festival. The Riverside Sportsmen’s Club operates the Riverside Farmer’s Arts, Crafts and Flea Market, coming back in 2017 for its 9th season. Sunday breakfasts highlight this ever-changing market which allows vendors to sell off their surplus items in a flea-market-like capacity. The Downtown Windsor Farmers Market is a not for profit market operated by the Downtown Residents Association. Running from late May to mid-October, the market requires all vendors to make, grow or create their offerings, called “producer only.” Out in the county, Leamington has played host to a farmer’s market since 2012 and offers winter market days as well. The Kingsville Community Farmers Market opened in 2014, brought to life by the vision of eleven different people. Heavily backed by Kingsville Town Council, the market has a parkette home behind Carnegie Hall. The Belle River Farmers Market opens for the season on June 4 and regularly sees local wine vendors in addition to the more traditional produce and bakery vendors. Amherstburg Farmers Market is also a non-profit organization, opened in 2010. The market focuses on Buy Local initiatives, which means everything sold at the market came from within a 50 kilometre radius. In the last decade, the presence of farmers markets have increased exponentially as the cultural shift to embracing sustainable markets on the edges of urbanization has taken place. New York City alone has more than 100 markets. While our local area might not have that many, the abundance of artisans and growers give Windsor-Essex residents plenty of options when it comes to buying local, especially through the spring and summer months. Where are you exploring this spring? Tell us about it! Use the tag #ExploringMatters on Facebook and Twitter to let us know! 8 The HUB -June2017