Something else we have had to live with out all winter will also be back soon too. In fact, I found one at what used to be Landsdowne Park in Ottawa last weekend. A Farmer's Market was open inside the Aberdeen Pavilion. That building is just about all I recognized from the old exhibition grounds. All kinds of new, modern buildings have sprung up recently. I am so glad they didn't tear down the old Cattle Castle.
We discovered there was new parking below ground, just as you turn off Bank Street into this new Landowne project. There was lots of space and while it cost us $6, that isn't bad when you consider what the hospital parking lots in that city dare to charge.
Farmer's Market were featuring their maple products.
While there I discovered an area tea company that I never knew about before. DiversiTea has some interesting flavours. The Salted Toffee one is calling to me. That would be like having dessert without the calories.
The Milkhouse Farm and Dairy from the Smiths Falls area was selling cheese, lamb and wool. Obviously the cheese also came from sheep. We also sampled some buffalo cheese from Canreg Station Farm & Pasture Dairy located in the Finch area. That was a new experience for me. Some of it was really good too. I especially liked the Elderberry Cheese. I had intended to bring some home but got distracted by one of the most beautiful displays of baking I've ever seen. Savoury Pursuits had so many wonderful choices and well, one cannot go home without a treat of some sort, right?
As for other Farmer's Markets in the area, Brockville kicks off the season by opening this weekend, on May 2nd. Carleton Place and Perth follow by opening on May 9th, Carp on May 10th, Chesterville on May 23rd, Kemptville on May 24 and my favorite market, at North Gower, opens on May 30th.
Take the $10 Challenge this year by visiting your local Farmers Markets and buying from local producers. It keeps the money in the area, which is good for our economy. Explore what the vendors have to offer. I'm sure you will find something special to bring home.