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Aberfoyle Farmers' Market permanently closes doors after 13 years

The Aberfoyle Farmers' Market is unrelated to the Aberfoyle Antique Market, which will continue

ABERFOYLE – In a surprise decision, the Aberfoyle Farmers' Market has announced it will be closing its doors permanently. 

Posting to Facebook Wednesday evening, the Aberfoyle Farmers' Market said its organizing committee made the difficult decision to not proceed with the 2024 season, and close the market permanently but shared no reason why or whether another event may take its place. 

"We feel an immense sense of pride having been a part of what this community was able to accomplish together," said the group in its statement. "We hope the memories and connections made at the Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market last a lifetime for all of those that were able to enjoy it." 

While the group previously posted to X on Feb 10. looking for vendors for the 2024 season, the decision has since been posted on their website and Instagram, and the market is now listed as permanently closed on Google, much to the dismay of many residents. 

"When we lived in Kitchener this was a favourite summer drive out. I remember a lady playing electric piano with long flowing blond hair, not only was she amazing as an artist in music she was equally beautiful. The pastries, crafts and of course produce were amazing," said David Barrie, in one of over 100 Facebook comments on the post. "Another great spot gone. Thanks for the memories."

"So sad to hear this. Thank you for the opportunity to be your part-time vendor," said Cambridge-based artist River Rock Mandalas, in another. "Our daughter loved visiting me at the market and loved the people there. Very helpful. Take care. Will miss you guys." 

According to the group's website, the community-run market's legacy spanned 13 years and was previously hailed by some as the best farmer's market in Canada, operating annually from the last Saturday in May to the last Saturday in October for 23 weeks at the Optimist Recreation Centre, just off the 401. 

Representatives for the Aberfoyle Farmers' Market did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Isabel Buckmaster is the Local Journalism Initiative reporter for GuelphToday. LJI is a federally-funded program.

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