Patrons enjoy the Chapeau Farmers Market as they chat with Les Fleurs Thompson.
Federal Member of the Parliament Sophie Chatel announced funding in the amount of $151,000 through Canada Economic Development for the Chapeau Agricultural Society to build an indoor farmers market and further the development of a community greenhouse project. A further $10,000 in funding was obtained from other sources.
Agri Society President Gene O’Brien said, “It will provide a healthy environment and a tourist destination of choice, in addition to increasing the economic development of our region.” The market, in operation every Thursday, 2 p.m.-7 p.m., rain or shine on the Chapeau Agricultural Society grounds is currently housed under a tent. The Market celebrated the official opening on Thursday afternoon July 7 with a variety of vendors present. Many who attended took advantage of some fresh vegetables, pickles, flowers, baked goods, crafts, gift items and handmade soaps. The Chapeau Regionale Gallerie also set up a booth to sell local historical books of the region. Kids who attended received $3 to spend in the Market, as some items were priced in the $1-$3 range. A $3 meal deal was also available for the kids, compliments of the Chapeau and District Lions Club canteen.
Young oak saplings were also available for sale. Some lucky market patrons received gifts courtesy of vendor draws.