Our local produce stand was started in 2007 and just keeps getting better and better every year! Each Wednesday, from mid-June to mid-September (weather permitting), you will see a small band of volunteers offering farm fresh produce for sale in front of the BPHA Recreation Centre at 293 Shakespeare Drive. The usual hours are 1pm - 5pm.
Steve Singer and other neighbourhood volunteers first envisioned a stand to:
- Promote local agriculture
- Provide an opportunity for neighbours to buy fresh, nutritious produce, and
- Create a place to congregate on Wednesday afternoons all summer
It is built on the idea of market day in the village square that was so common in many small towns in years gone by.
The stand sources all its products from local farms. While the produce is not organic, it is very fresh and local, with most items usually picked no more than 24 hours prior to market opening.
From its inception, we have encouraged and benefited from the involvement of our neighbourhood teens and adults in our community who help make our stand what it is each season. It's truly a community effort.
Over the years our market has branched out into other items including bread, eggs, honey and lemonade cordial. The stand has also partnered with community craft fairs, food talks, knife sharpening and more. Discovering a neighbour with a passion for bread making was a dream come true and now Beechwood Bakery supplies sourdough loaves to our market: fresh baked every Wednesday morning especially for us!
The unsold produce each week is taken to the Food Bank which really appreciates our fresh fruits and vegetables.
At the end of each season, the money raised at the stand is donated on behalf of our community to our local public schools (Keatsway and Centennial), BPHA community projects, and a variety of charities. It is our strongest hope that our market will remain an integral part of our community fabric for many years to come.
To reach Beechwood Produce volunteers, email: