Downtown Charlottetown Farmers Market opens with new location, new 'vibe'

The Downtown Charlottetown Farmers Market has opened for the summer. (Victoria Walton/CBC - image credit)
The Downtown Charlottetown Farmers Market has opened for the summer. (Victoria Walton/CBC - image credit)

The Downtown Charlottetown Farmers Market opened for the summer on Sunday at its new location near the waterfront.

Hundreds of folks were browsing the stalls of the more than 80 vendors selling everything from fresh produce and ready-to-eat food to artisan crafts and clothing. Some shoppers included passengers on a cruise ship that docked Sunday morning.

In past years, the market was held on Queen Street, which shut down to vehicle traffic. It's now set up around the oval at Confederation Landing Park.

The market moved from Queen Street in part because of concerns from emergency services officials.

Mark Carr-Rollitt, manager of the market, says the new location at Confederation Landing Park is a great space — and easier on the feet.
Mark Carr-Rollitt, manager of the market, says the new location at Confederation Landing Park is a great space — and easier on the feet.

Mark Carr-Rollitt, manager of the market, says the new location at Confederation Landing Park is a great space — and easier on the feet. (Victoria Walton/CBC)

Market manager Mark Carr-Rollitt said he was pleased to see so many people out at the new location on Sunday.

"It's a really great space to be in," Carr-Rollitt said. "The vibe is much more relaxed than it ever was on the street, which is nice. It's also not baking under your feet which is nice. There's grass, there's trees, there's a cruise ship in today which helps, so yeah, we're really happy to be here."

The market will run for the next 10 Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Downtown Charlottetown Farmers Market runs Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Downtown Charlottetown Farmers Market runs Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Downtown Charlottetown Farmers Market runs Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Victoria Walton/CBC)