The first thing my 17-year old son said when we got to the Moss Street Market was “why haven’t we been here before?”. Good question.
One of the first things we noticed and appreciated about this market is the way the stalls are organized.
Down the one boulevard, we found a great assortment of fresh, locally-grown produce. Some of the greens and herbs had been picked that morning!
The selection increases and changes as the season matures.
Along the Thurlow Street boulevard we were surprised to find a local brewery, distillery and a cidery which ended up being fortuitous as we were able to pick up a selection of craft beers for my husband who celebrated his birthday just a few days after our visit.
From another vendor we sampled some tasty cheeses and bought some fresh curd. And then discovered some homemade strawberry-rhubarb jam (absolutely delicious!) and summer grilling relish (we've been back several times for more of both of these!)
Use this handy chart, courtesy of Capital Regional District (CRD) which will help you determine when fresh foods are typically available and you can plan your purchases. Remember to bring your re-usable bags when you visit the market.
In the middle of all the farmer stands was the artisan section featuring beautiful hand-made crafts, jewellery and clothing. We were especially attracted to the intricate pieces of copper jewellery and some pieces featuring parrot feathers. They were very cool.
Across from this vendor was a small information booth and the music area. Each week there is live entertainment featuring local musicians. We saw several people who knew exactly what to expect as they brought their own lawn chairs and were enjoying the performers while having lunch.
Speaking of lunch – the day we were there did not feature a lot of selection but there were 2 or 3 tents set up serving fresh, hot food. A couple people we ran into pointed out 2 more options in more traditional restaurants located across the street from the market on Fairfield Road.
The market is located on Moss Street at the corner of Fairfield Road and Moss at the Sir James Douglas school. The market runs on Saturdays and during the summer months, it is held outdoors in the school yard and on the surrounding boulevard from 10 am until 2 pm. From November through April, the market moves indoors and reduces their hours from 10 until noon.
Because the market is located on the grounds of an elementary school, there is playground equipment right onsite to entertain the little ones. Additionally, other amenities include accessible washrooms and an ATM machine.
The Moss Street Market has the right mix of food, entertainment, crafts and artisanal creations, making it an ideal Saturday morning destination.
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