St. Jacob’s Market is Canada’s largest year-round farmer’s market. Established about forty years ago, it is located in southern Ontario approximately 122 km west of Toronto and 14km north of Waterloo. The community of St. Jacob’s has a population circa 2,000 and the market is 3km south. Famous for maple syrup, jams, handicrafts, furniture, flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, the market also reflects the area’s Mennonite heritage.
I spent a late June afternoon at St. Jacob’s Market strolling through the main buildings and amidst the seasonal booths. Whilst doing so, I people-watched imagining possible scenes.
Was the twenty-something couple nibbling on cinnamon treats reminiscing about fun adventures or discussing an issue of concern? Were the families gobbling ice cream gathered at picnic tables enjoying precious together-time? Who were the vendors selling the goods? Did they work on the farms producing the fruits and vegetables? And the woman walking with her St. Bernard calm and obedient on a leash. I so wanted to ask her about the beautiful dog! Musicians providing entertainment and I deemed a fellow with red suspenders strumming a guitar inspiration for a character.
What markets have you visited? I welcome your comments.