The St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is a farmers’ and flea market in St. Jacobs, just north of Waterloo. A�Established in April 1975, it has been enjoyed as aA�popular destination for residents of the town and nearby communities, as well as travelers and visitors.
That all changed on September 2nd, when an unexpected fire ravaged the main building–referred to as the Harvest Barn–to the ground causing an estimated $2 million dollars worth of damage. A�The local community, alongside good food lovers from across the province, were devastated.
Good news though, in just three short months–and just in time for the holidays–a brand new temporary Harvest Barn has been erected on the grounds to house all the delicious offerings.
You would never have known there had been such a tragedy from the over 35 vendors who’ve already set-up shop in the large wood barn like structure.
Local favourites likes Kitchen Kuttings all-beef summer sausages, rich and creamyA�EBY Manor Golden Guernsey milk, grass-fed beef and a slew of Ontario cheeses are all available alongside the dozens of varieties of homemade Christmas cookies, spicy beef jerky and my favorite–freshly fried apple cider doughnuts!
As we made our way through the parking lot,A�the new 15,600 sq. ft. dome-shaped building, equipped with both heating and cooling systems, was a true amazing sight. A�I made my way through throngs of hungry–but happy–shoppers and couldn’t help but feel excited.
?People need to know we�re still here? said one vendor to me when I shared my love of her hot as “heck” pepperettes. A�I certainly agree! A�There is no better place for artisan food in this province than St. Jacob’s.
Currently, Mercedes Corp., which operates the famed market, is in the planning stages to start construction of a new main building to replace the temporary Harvest Barn, with construction expected to be completed by late 2014. A�A�To assist displaced vendors during the market�s rebuilding phase the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation has established a vendor relief challenge. For every $1 donated to the challenge, the Foundation will match the donation by triple the amount, up to $75,000 � with the goal of raising a total of $225,000.
For more information on the challenge, please visit:A�kwcf.ca/sjfmvendorrelief.
Explore Waterloo Region
Waterloo Region is a vital and prosperous area in southern Ontario. It is comprised of three bustling urban cities: Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo plus four scenic rural townships: North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.
Excite your taste buds at farmers’ markets, renowned restaurants and microbreweries. Find outstanding antiquing and hand crafted goods in St. Jacobs and be captivated by the largest outdoor market in Canada.