A farmers market is an excellent way to get involved in and support a community. Vendors and customers come from all over the area to participate and purchase local products.

The Southern Georgian Bay Farmers Markets hosts two regular markets in the area: one in Victoria Harbour and one in Midland, every Friday and Sunday respectively.

In the winter, the Midland market is held in the Huronia Museum. Up until the summer of 2017 it was held in the 526 Bay St. parking lot in the heart of downtown during the summer season from the May long weekend to Thanksgiving weekend.

The market moved over to the Midland legion parking lot when its regular location was potentially being purchased by Barnstormer Brewery, a deal that unfortunately fell through.

Once the lot was no longer being sold, there was no longer a reason for the market not to be held in it’s original location. The market committee then proposed to the Town of Midland council that they would like to be moved back to their former space. Eventually, and with a letter of support from the Downtown Midland Business Improvement Area, they were able to move back to 526 Bay behind Subway in the Downtown Midland Business Improvement Area for the 2018 season (May 20 to Oct. 7).

The Downtown Midland BIA reached out to the Southern Georgian Bay Farmers Markets committee to find out how they felt about the return.

“Southern Georgian Bay Farmers Markets is very pleased to be back at 526 Bay Street. Vendors and customers alike are pleased with the move. Our first week outside this season was a great success with some new vendors and many new customers,” says Bob Forbes, who is also one of the many wonderful vendors who can be found at the weekly events.

There is a wide range of products being offered by these vendors, from various baked goods to fresh produce and bread, meats, herbs, cheeses, cultural dishes, and other miscellaneous goods. There is something there for anyone, no matter what you are looking for.

The Downtown Midland Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday over at 526 Bay from May 20 to Oct. 7.

The Harbour Market runs from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Friday over at 134 Veterans Ln., Victoria Harbour from May 18 to Oct. 5.

Source: Matthew Shepherd — Downtown Midland Business Improvement Area.