As the weather turns chilly and we start bundling up for winter, I find myself thinking over all the fun things we did and interesting places we saw this summer. One of our toddler’s favourite Saint John summer activities was the Queen’s Square Farmer’s Market, a somewhat informal collection of vendors set up roughly bi-weekly in the South End.
Queen’s Square is a 1-block city park surrounded by fabulous old buildings. This area of town has some of the best architecture in Saint John, and helps you imagine what this Port City might have been like when it was a new, up-and-coming town.
My 2-year-old loved two things about the market: the live music and the wide open grassy spaces where she could run around. One weekend, she barreled in on a family playing soccer on one of the lawns. In typical Saint John fashion, they were delighted to have her join in, even though a 2-year-old doesn’t so much play soccer as run around after the ball and shriek.
What we loved about the market: This is a real Farmer’s Market, with fresh fruit and veggies, often picked early that morning. We picked up some green peppers one week – did you know that green peppers actually have a smell? A delicious,fresh food, green-pepper-smell? And the onions were so fresh our eyes watered before we’d even cut them!
Of course, there’s more than just fresh produce. The family who invited our daughter into their soccer game sell some of the most delicious samosas; Java moose is on hand with coffee; and there are handmade crafts, jellies, jams, wine, and balloon animals for the kids. It’s a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning.
I’m not sure what their schedule will be next year, but I do know that they’ll be announcing it on their Facebook page. So give it a “like” and check out this great market next summer. It might just become part of your routine, like it did ours.