By Joanne Rodgers,
Bruce Peninsula Press
The Christmas Market hosted by the Lion’s Head Farmers’ Market at Summer House Park on November 27 was a resounding success.
The vendors were thrilled with the new location at Summer House Park. The shoppers loved the ambiance of the Recreation Hall with its 2 fireplaces, rustic lodge decor and the Outdoor Canadiana vendor area including an outdoor firepit, patio heaters, food vendors and live music from the local Market Band. With snow on the ground providing a wintry scene, there was definitely a feeling of joy in the air as the local community and beyond came out to support the Market.
Charlene Jordan, Manager of the Lion’s Head Farmers’ Market says she is ecstatic about the success of this event. On behalf of the vendors, she extends heartfelt thanks to the community for their patronage in shopping local and supporting the local vendors.
27 local food producers and artisans participate
The Market was packed with shoppers busily buying Christmas floral arrangements and hand-crafted decorations, unique jewellery, artwork and Christmas cards, handcrafted wood-turned products and pottery, and indulgences such as chocolates, cookies, craft beer and handmade mittens, socks and hats. Jordan says the shoppers were very pleased with the high quality of products from local artisans and food producers.
Within the first hour of opening, approximately 300 shoppers had flowed through the Market. Jordan estimates that 1000 persons visited the Market and that business was brisk and constant all day. It was truly a Northern Bruce community event, drawing shoppers from throughout the Peninsula, from Lion’s Head to Tobermory, and places in between including Pike Bay, Dyers Bay, Stokes Bay and Miller Lake. Jordan reports shoppers came from Owen Sound, Wiarton, Hepworth, Sauble Beach and even a few from the GTA.
Wood Fire Pizza and Crepes
Summer House Park’s restaurant was kept very busy and sold out of their wood-fired thin crust pizza. Patrons also enjoyed freshly made crepes from Crepetown’s outdoor vendor location while listening to the Market Band and warming up at the firepit or by the outdoor heaters.
Summer House Park is new location for Christmas market
Summer House Park was selected for this year’s Market as it was the only location available on 27 November that was large enough to accommodate the number of participating vendors. Jordan says the location was such a popular choice by the vendors and shoppers that the venue has already been booked for the last weekend in November 2022 and will be held over two days, Saturday and Sunday, to better accommodate the crowds and provide leeway for adverse weather conditions.