The Ottawa Farmer’s Market at Lansdowne in the Glebe opened today.  Vendors at the Ottawa Farmer’s Market only sell locally produced products (unlike the Byward and Parkdale Markets where much of what is for sale is imported, often from very far away).

Mike and I arranged to meet friends for lunch at their fabulous “food court.”  Mike had Thai and I had a burrito.  Baked potatoes, Swiss dumplings and full breakfasts were also being cooked up.  Honestly, you can’t get a better meal for the price anywhere in Ottawa.

So what locally produced foodstuffs are available so soon after the snow melt?

  • Maple syrup, of course (including candy floss made from maple sugar, yum)
  • Honey and assorted honey products
  • Several varieties of greenhouse grown cucumbers
  • Last year’s potatoes still in very good shape
  • Spring garlic (these look like green onions but can be substituted for garlic in any cooking recipe)
  • Seedlings
  • Apples and cider
  • Beef, bison, lamb
  • Lots and lots and lots of breads, pies and other baked goods
  • Crafts: wooden utensils, trellises, clothes
  • And even locally grown wool in assorted colours

The Ottawa Farmer’s Market is currently open Sundays from 8 am until 3 pm.  However, starting June 26 it will also be open Thursdays from 2 pm until 7 pm.