ELIZABETHTOWN – The Elizabethtown-Kitley Farmer’s Market was established in 2016 with a few vendors representing Elizabethtown-Kitley, the municipality surrounds Brockville on the east, west and north and has approximately 10,000 residents comprised of rural residential hobby and full agricultural operations, plus a number of villages and subdivisions.
The majority of the clientele are comprised of passers by on the main thoroughfare, Highway 29, leading from Smith Falls to the north and Brockville to the south, as well as a strong supportive local following from Athens, Mallorytown, Prescott, North Augusta and the surrounding area.
Presently the vendors include an orchard with preserves, crafts, an excellent country-style baker, honey, in-season corn, jewellery, scentsy, children’s clothing, quilts, cricket etching on glassware, card creations, gluten free meals, and some others. The market would like a produce vendor and any other vendor that does not duplicate the present complement.
President and treasurer, Deb Taylor, local apple, plum, pear and produce grower had been selling produce at the end of her driveway, and felt there was a real need for a market in the township.
She explained, “I put my thought into action and approached the E-K Economic Development Committee in March of 2016. With approval from the committee, I had the green light to make my idea a reality.While talking with town planner, Barb Kalivas, the location of the market at the Elizabethtown-Kitley Library property was suggested and adopted and it took off from there.”
The official opening was on June 17 and featured the local band, No Association and solo artist Eric King. The excellent location is located on the Elizabethtown-Kitley Municipal Library Site parking lot south of the new OPP station (six miles north of Brockville). The market operates on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 17 to Oct. 14.