The first Bourget Community Market was held on Saturday, October 15, along the Prescott and Russell Recreation Trail near the Bourget Pavilion. Both the organizers and the participants are calling it a success.
The market will bring the community together to raise awareness of community initiatives and share how community members can get involved, promote wellness activities, support local businesses, share live music, and use the trail. ahead.
Bourget resident Juliana Skarecky-Colwell organized the market in conjunction with the track corporation and was delighted with the interest from the public and local businesses.
“It was great to see the community market come to life. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. There was a constant flow of people,” she said.
In total, 16 vendors participated in the market and nine businesses from across Clarence-Rockland presented prizes.
“It was a well-organized and well-attended community event,” said vendor Lori Demers of Champlain Harvest Farm. “The turnout showed support for a community market.”
“We had a great time and really enjoyed meeting the lovely people who came in,” said beekeeper and honey seller Lucie Peleja of Peleja’s Apiary.
Prescott and Russell Trail Recreation Corporation President Eric Collard appreciates how the market has promoted the trail to residents and visitors.
“We are delighted to be able to host all of those people on our premises,” said Collard.
Clarence-Rockland City Councilor Diane Choinière was impressed with how local businesses, products and services were involved in the market.
“It was a great opportunity for them to share with other members of the community and learn about their local businesses and services at their information booths,” said Choinière.
Skarecky-Colwell’s idea for the Bourget Community Market developed while cycling with her neighbor, Françoise Gagnon, who was in charge of the family and children’s activities offered at the market.
“To everyone who participated in drawing activities, painting rocks and also in the race; thank you very much!” Gagnon said.
Based on the success of the first Bourget Community Market, the organizers are hopeful that another market can be held in the future.