Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Excursion - the Ottawa Farmers' Market at Lansdowne

My youngest guy regularly gets up around 5:15 a.m.  My husband was kind enough to let me sleep till 6:30 but then he was done.  I'd wanted to go to the Ottawa Farmers' Market at Lansdowne Park for some time so out the door the rest of us were by 7:30.  The market runs from 8:00 until 3:00 on Sundays and, starting June 17th, from 1:00 till 6:00 on Thursdays.  It;s located in parking lot 4 of Lansdowne Park (there are lots of signs) and we just parked nearby along Bank Street.

At least early on it wasn't busy and there are many things to look at.  The worm farms were of particular interest as were the metal sculptures and wood carvings.  Each "big" boy was allowed to buy a baked treat and we also got a bag of apples.  I had been looking for farm-fresh eggs but they were all sold out by 9:00.  It's not necessarily a cheap place to go - the food is local and homemade but presumably also low-volume and the prices reflect that.  A 2- litre basket of apples was $5, we had a cinnamon bun for $1.50, a very tiny but beautifully decorated (though not so tasty) piece of cake on a kebob stick for $3 and a 1/2 dozen (delicious) tea biscuits for $6.

The best part of the visit?  On leaving we thought we'd visit the horses we'd seen being hitched up to a wagon when we arrived and give them an apple.  Not only did we feed them, but the boys gave them their water buckets, sat on them and we then took a free wagon ride (though we did leave a donation in the box).  We even met someone we knew and realized that a lot of other people on the ride were very friendly regulars.  The drivers have a friendly joke and song routine going and the ride is long enough to make it worthwhile.  You get on and off on Holmwood Avenue - there's a gate leading from the market near the big tents - and theride takes you on a jog around the blocks of Holmwood and Fifth Avenues in the Glebe.

If you're searching on the web, do not confuse this market with Lansdowne Farmers Market which is in Pennsylvania!  (and is open on Saturdays, not Sundays)