(WINDSOR, ON) – After a three week hiatus, the Olde Sandwich Town Farmer’s summer market is back, but in a new location. After the property at the old site near the intersection of Mill and Sandwich streets was sold, the Market was evicted. It was then panic mode for its management to find a new home.
Relatively quickly, one was found at 749 Felix Avenue, in the back of the former JL Forster Secondary School. Closed in 2014, the building was purchased by the Ambassador Bridge Company and space is currently being offered to community groups.
Market Manager Bill Voakes is pleased with the new address. He spoke of people not being able to find the old site admitting some, “… would drive right by and not see it.” He believes that problem will be solved because of the high visibility of the old high school.
Although opening week in the new location had a few of the market’s regular vendors back, many weren’t there. Voakes said this was because, up to a week ago, the new location wasn’t finalized. He expects the site to fill up within the next couple of weeks with vendors offering jewellery, vegetables, and other offerings.
Voakes also plans to have guest exhibits. On August 19, a spot for an animal rescue group has been reserved. It will bring to the neighbourhood puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats looking for their new homes.
A favourite at the market, Zoo2You, is also expected to return. The new location has a fenced in yard which will give the kangaroos, chickens, and other animals a lot more room to roam.
The market is open Saturdays and Sundays until October from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Details on events is available on its Facebook Page, Windsor West Market.