Yes! We are open every single Sunday, rain or shine, year round - with the exception of the first two Sundays after Christmas and New Years.
Our only holiday hours for 2017 and 2018 are:
- December 17th 9am-2pm
- December 24th CLOSED
- December 31st CLOSED
- January 7th, 2018 CLOSED
- January 14th, 2016 10am-2pm
Our Vendors Page lists all of our members. While some of our members attend every single week all year long, many of them are seasonal or only attend occasionally.
Each Friday we post a list of who is attending market each week. To check that list you can either 1) subscribe to our newsletter in the right-hand column below, 2) Like and Follow us on Facebook, or 3) on the Who's at Market? page.
Yoga runs during our Outdoor Market (May to October) each week from 10am to 11am - and is weather dependent. How do you know if class is on? If it is actively raining when market opens at 9am, or if the grass is exceptionally wet from a recent rain, then it will be cancelled. Otherwise it is on!
All our Class in the Grass instructors are from Janati Yoga School.
All vendors at our market are members of Farmers' Market Association Kingston. To become a members, we have two basic requirements before you apply:
- All products must be grown, made, or prepared within approximately 100km of Kingston.
- All products you must be hand made by yourself or your staff.
If both of these statements apply to your products, great! You are invited to apply at any time of year, but please know what we only review new applications three times per year. Those deadlines for consideration are:
- March 8th, 2017- for the May-October Outdoor market
- April 5th, 2017 - for the May-October Outdoor Market
- October 4th , 2017 - for the November-December Holiday Market
Please note that we have limitations on how many vendors we can have within each category, which means we can accept only so many food court vendors, only so many crafters, bakers, jewelry, sweets, and so on.
However! If you are offering agricultural products that we currently do not already have represented at market (for example: graded eggs, hard cheeses, frozen & chopped produce, fish, winter-greehouse produce, etc.) we encourage you to get in touch right away- if there is room we may be able to get you in sooner.
The biggest reason we decline applications is because they don't qualify to be members (See Can I sell at your Market? above) or because their application was incomplete. Before sending in your application, please make sure to go over all the requirements listed on the application before submitting.
The second biggest reason we decline applications is because of the definition of a Farmers' Market as laid out by OMAFRA (the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) which requires us to be a minimum of 51% agricultural vendors (farms).
This means that the other 49% of our vendors must be able to fit in all the other categories that are not farms:
-Personal Care Products
-and so on...
So to make sure we don't have 49 jewellers and 51 farmers, we have limitations on how many vendors we can have within each category, which means we can accept only so many of each category. It helps keeps our market in a good balance and ensures that we don't have more vendos than can be supported by our customers.
Those decisions are made by our 100% unpaid, volunteer board of directors who meet to looks over each and every application we receive. We appreciate your feedback any time via the Contact Us page.
As our market grows, or occasionally as vendors move on, more spots will become available. So if you qualify to be at our market and were turned down once, we encourage you to keep re-applying!