Summer coming to an end with the last of the outdoor markets

The outdoor markets in Saugeen Shores are coming to end as summer leaves and Fall is around the corner.

Port Elgin Farmers’ Market returned after a hiatus last summer (2020) due to COVID-19 and was a popular spot each Wednesday for visitors.

“We averaged 900 visitors each Wednesday,” says Jordan McKinnon, Public Relations for the Port Elgin Business Improvement Association (BIA). “There were some 35 vendors over the summer each Wednesday who, from all reports, were very happy with the results.  It was a little more trying given the COVID protocols that had to be observed but, overall, vendors and visitors seemed to accept them and everything went smoothly.”

                Port Elgin Farmers’ Market continued to grow each Wednesday

One of the popular booths was the ‘Meet the Author’ hosted by Brucedale Press that promotes local Bruce County authors.

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The annual Port Elgin Beach Flea Market also returned this year with a slow start that increased and attracted beach goers as well as local residents.

Tomorrow morning, Friday September 3rd, is the last of the Marine Heritage Society (MHS) Market Square in Southampton.  The new endeavour in its first season proved to be extremely popular as Southampton had not had a previous outdoor market previously.

The market began small with only a handful of vendors but quickly expanded to 35 – 40 with a wide variety of goods that included Chantry Island souvenirs and a Saugeen Shores Rotary BBQ each Friday.

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MHS Captain Wayne Sparrow is also often seen wandering through the Market interacting, particularly with children.

The Captain promotes the annual Marine Heritage Festival that is anticipated to go ahead in 2022.



According to all outdoor market organizers, they are already looking forward to next year’s summer 2022.