By Jack Wilson
The Lennoxville Farmers’ Market was back in full swing June 3 with live music and about a dozen vendors. Families with children, seniors and students alike arrived at Square Queen to shop for produce, meat, honey and kombucha. Musique en Fête, a local band, treated visitors to performances of English and French favourites.
Ignacio Fernandez sold mushrooms from his farm, Le Réseau souterrain. “People are really curious,” he said. “It’s not often that there are mushrooms in farmers’ markets.” For the first weekend mushrooms were limited to oyster mushrooms, but he said he’ll offer a larger variety later in the season. “I really like doing the market,” Fernandez said. It “puts a face to the products.”
Dominique Guay and her daughter Camille Lussier sold eggs, rhubarb and other selections from their family farm. Business was good, Guay said. “We hope that people feel well served,” she added.
Madeleine Labonté offered prepared food incorporating farm-grown produce alongside the produce itself. She said she’d been a vendor at the market for several years. “We’re happy to start” the season, she said.
Julie Henri poured samples of kombucha from her business, Le kombucha de Julie. She sold glasses and bottles of the fermented tea. Henri has been making kombucha for about 15 years and selling it for the last five. “There are a lot of people who don’t know about it,” she said, “we’re teaching them.”