(Quebec) The public market Limoilou perhaps is only in its second year, but is already popular with many producers and processors in the Quebec City region, who claim warmly welcomed, even “spoiled” by the organizers of the event. “This is the market where you have to be,” also launches artisan Alexandra Turris.
“It’s really not complicated for us,” says the young Sun producer David Simard, farm Gilles Simard in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, whose products were offered on 3rd Avenue in last year the first public market. “The district has done everything that moved here. […] There was no doubt we would be there “this year, he adds.
Same story from Louis-Antoine Gagné, farm Duck Townships, which he said is “not big enough” to settle in the Old Port Market. “We’re spoiled. It is the same with a welcome coffee when we arrive! “No need to take care of the logistics, the organizers and volunteers are in charge, he notes.
Is that unlike many public contracts, that of Limoilou is a citizen initiative. Producers and processors do not have to create, organize and manage the event.
Sunday kiosks present on 3rd Avenue – between 8th and 9th Street – and who will again be from 11am to 15h every Sunday until 20 September, are so popular that several producers and processors are also denied access this year, admits Claude Villeneuve, president of the Collective Rutabaga, event organizer. Thirty merchants are part of this year, and divide 18 booths available eight weeks of activity.
The most popular?
“People are happy that we came to see the” notes producer David Simard. And it seems to appear on the traffic plan, which amounted last year to 2200 visitors a Sunday activity, on average. In just one year of activity, the public market Limoilou would even the busiest temporary market in Quebec.
By comparison, the Old Port Market annually hosts the same number of visitors each Sunday. Note, however, that the average annual ridership at the Old Port Market also has winter visitors, far fewer than those of summer.
3rd Avenue hosted 2,600 people on Sunday came to shop with local products. “We want it to become an institution, a habit” for Limoulois says Mr. Villeneuve. Its primary objective: ensuring the sustainability of the event. “And the thing that is held many is the fact of having the street.”
One aspect which also take into merchants. “They close the street. It makes a strong statement! “Launches Odile Gagnon, the PM-Ö-Terroirs and distinction distributor. “I love it. It bothers people to tell them: “We’re here! ‘” Says one which has itself grown in Limoilou. “It’s really a nice market.”