On the Streets of Kingston 3

What better way to get to know the people of Kingston then at the public market?

On a Saturday afternoon it is he hub of the downtown core.

The Kingston Public Market is the oldest market in Ontario and has been providing food and a sense of community to residents of Kingston since 1801.

Winding your way through the aisles guarantees all of your senses will be aroused. Often city buskers set up to entertain and music fills the air. There is a variety of food from fresh baked goods to Taiwanese delicacies. Of course this time of year everything you desire from the garden is in abundance. If you are looking for a unique gift there is photography, beautifully knitted shawls and jewelry made from sterling silver cutlery. Many of the items at the market are one-of-a-kinds.

The variety of wares ensures one does not go away empty handed.

Meet some of the talented vendors!

"I started here at the market making things out of wood and my wife would paint them. Then I switched to metal work. All of this jewelry is made out of old cutlery. Nobody wants the sliver sets his or her grandmothers used to use. They throw it away. I pick it up at yard sales and people just give it to me. I make something beautiful out of it.” Photo by Gail Paquette

“I started here at the market making things out of wood and my wife would paint them. Then I switched to metal work. All of this jewelry is made out of old cutlery. Nobody wants the sliver sets his or her grandmothers used to use. They throw it away. I pick it up at yard sales and people just give it to me. I make something beautiful out of it.”
Photo by Gail Paquette

“I have only been at the market for four weeks. I am a student at McGill University studying Nutrition Science. I love to cook and bake and thought why not try to sell my food at the market. People are very curious about it.”

“I have only been at the market for four weeks. I am a student at McGill University studying Nutrition Science. I love to cook and bake and thought why not try to sell my food at the market. People are very curious about it.” Photo by Gail Paquette

 “I make all this ‘sustainable art” out of tree limbs and discarded items. These chalkboards are old doors and windows. The money goes to our (Western Landscape Service) school education program,  “Plant a tree, make your city cool.” During the months of April to May and September to November, we plant one 45mm caliper tree at each of ten Kingston and area elementary schools free of charge. Our certified Arborist / Horticulturist and team plant a tree with Grade 6 students teaching them the value of trees in the community. Not only are students educated on the valuable skill of how to plant a tree, but how to care for a tree once it is planted. Students are each given a seedling to take home to plant at a location of their choice.”


“I make all this ‘sustainable art” out of tree limbs and discarded items. These chalkboards are old doors and windows. The money goes to our (Western Landscape Service) school education program,
“Plant a tree, make your city cool.”
During the months of April to May and September to November, we plant one 45mm caliper tree at each of ten Kingston and area elementary schools free of charge. Our certified Arborist / Horticulturist and team plant a tree with Grade 6 students teaching them the value of trees in the community. Not only are students educated on the valuable skill of how to plant a tree, but how to care for a tree once it is planted. Students are each given a seedling to take home to plant at a location of their choice.” Photo by Gail Paquette

“Our farm is called Bush Gardens and we are the only producers of organic raw cow’s milk cheese. My brother Nigel is the cheese maker and I do the marketing. It is our way of sustaining the family farm. We have two cheeses, Nauvoo, a type of cheddar (only we can’t call it “cheddar” be cause it does not come from pasteurized milk) and Pilgrimage, which is Dutch inspired.” Photo by Gail Paquette

“Our farm is called Bush Gardens and we are the only producers of organic raw cow’s milk cheese. My brother Nigel is the cheese maker and I do the marketing. It is our way of sustaining the family farm. We have two cheeses, Nauvoo, a type of cheddar (only we can’t call it “cheddar” be cause it does not come from pasteurized milk) and Pilgrimage, which is Dutch inspired.”
Photo by Gail Paquette

“I have been an artist for twelve years. I have stones from Madoc to Thunderbay and Afghanistan to India. People buy the local stones because they often have sentimental value and the imported stones because they are cool! The tourists really make it for us here.” Photo by Gail Paquette

“I have been an artist for twelve years. I have stones from Madoc to Thunderbay and Afghanistan to India. People buy the local stones because they often have sentimental value and the imported stones because they are cool!
The tourists really make it for us here.”
Photo by Gail Paquette

“Our business is called Sweet Bee and we have been selling our products exclusively at the market for four years. We buy direct from local apiaries. It is one of the most exciting things about this business, visiting the beekeepers and seeing first hand what they do. It is quite astounding.” Photo by Gail Paquette

“Our business is called ‘Sweet Bee’ and we have been selling our products exclusively at the market for four years. We buy direct from local apiaries. It is one of the most exciting things about this business, visiting the beekeepers and seeing first hand what they do. It is quite astounding.”
Photo by Gail Paquette

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