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Concord’s CityPlace Urban Market makes a comeback

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Who would have guessed that you could find fresh beets during this thyme of the year in CityPlace?

That’s right, Concord’s CityPlace Urban Market is back for another season.

This year’s theme is “Fresh Beets, New Thyme” and if you’re visiting the market while they are in season you can even buy them.


As the old song goes, “good things grow in Ontario.”


The market is located in the Concord Presentation Centre parking lot, allowing space for people to browse, sample, and shop.

The fresh produce and mouth-watering local market street eats are back for another season, with 2016’s favourite, farmer David Barry from Barry Farms.

David’s family farm has been in operation since 1931 and sells what they grow.

The growing season decides which vegetables come first. As the old song goes, “good things grow in Ontario.”

He also sells potted plants with the condo urbanite in mind; everything from potted cherry tomato plants to strawberries to herbs. All that’s required is watering.

“The advantage of a small tomato plant on your balcony is that when you come home for dinner you pick a few cherry tomatoes and eat them. You can even pick some balcony-grown strawberries, or pick some herbs for your dinner because everybody wants a little bit of green on their balcony,” David says.

If you’re a smoker, remember that the next time the thought of tossing that lit butt comes to mind. Tomatoes and tobacco don’t make a good meal combination unless you like the Simpsons episode when Homer grew radioactive ToMacco [an accidental GMO Tomato/Tobacco hybrid à la Homer] … D’oh!

The market is every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until mid-November.

There was a soft launch on May 13 and there were a lot of people dropping by to welcome back some favoured vendors.

So while you do your weekly food shopping, try to work in a stop at the Saturday market to pick up some local Ontario produce and support our local farmers.


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Dean Maher

Dean Maher is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The 416 Magazine.