about the market
Community, Food and Education
The McGill Farmers' Market is a weekly fall market and a gathering spot for students, faculty, and community members to discover healthy, local and sustainably produced foods. With more than ten local suppliers, the Market provides the opportunity for downtown residents to connect to the agricultural community of Quebec. Products include organic produce, homemade preserves, baked goods and breads, honey, fair-trade coffee and teas, eggs, maple products, and more.
2008: RETHINK CONFERENCE
The idea of the Market was explored during the Rethink Conference in 2008, which is hosted annually by the Environment Committee and provides an opportunity to discuss and prioritize environmental issues at McGill. The Market was formed using an ad-hoc method, drawing on support from students, faculty, and staff.
2009: THE FIRST MARKET
The first Market took place in Fall 2009 in Three Bares Park. It’s first student coordinators were Reva Eskinazi and Cynthia Beaudry. In 2010, the Market moves from Three Bares Park to McTavish Street, establishing weekly operating hours on Thursdays from 12-5p.
2011: INCEPTION OF CSA PROGRAM
In 2011, the McGill Farmers’ Market launches its first Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The Market offered twenty baskets to students, faculty, and staff. After a successful first year, the Market doubles the number of baskets offered through our CSA program in 2012.
2015: THE KOHLRABI COLLECTIVE
Market Coordinator, Matthew McCormick, undertakes an applied student research project that leads to the inception of the Kohlrabi Collective. The Collective seeks to establish self-reinforcing partnerships and overcome group challenges through collaboration between the Market, Organic Campus, and MSEG. At the 6th Annual Catalyst Awards, the Kohlrabi Collective is recognized by the McGill Office of Sustainability with the Catalyst Award for Student Research.
Anastasia is a recent graduate of McGill, with a degree in Religious Studies and Russian Language. She is passionate about environmentalism which centers indigenous justice and the dismantling of oppressive systems, and believes feeding people is a powerful and crucial form of activism. She loves dogs, ghosts, and getting her hands dirty. She's looking forward to learning from her role as Finance Coordinator, and hopes to continue applying those skills in the future as a community organizer.
Kelvin is a third year History student from Halifax, Nova Scotia. As someone who loves to hang out in a sustainable way, he is excited about the Farmers’ Market and the space for conversation, learning, and nourishment it provides. As market co-coordinator, Kelvin is responsible for the logistical organization of the Market and communications with vendors. When not working with the Market, Kelvin is a Violinist, dancer, and friend.
Natalya is learning about how to cook with local and seasonal vegetables this spring/summer/fall/winter! Last week (probably many weeks ago by the time you're reading this) Natalya learned all about fava beans and made a yummy fava bean pesto sauce for mashed potatoes. Please give Natalya recipe suggestions! Also, Natalya loves her friends a lot and sometimes also goes by "Zianora," which is a long story. Come to the Market to find out!
PROMOTIONS & OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Selin is pursuing a Master's degree in Information Studies at McGill. She loves learning about sustainable food systems, and is passionate about community outreach. In her spare time, you might find her biking, bouldering, or reading in a park. As promotions and outreach coordinator, she is especially looking forward to working with our dedicated team of volunteers.
Amelia Brinkerhoff, Sustainability Strategist at the McGill Office of Sustainability
Brian Karasick, Senior Campus Planner at Campus Space & Planning
Dr. Caroline Begg, Faculty Lecturer and Director of Stage, Farm Management and Technology Program
Dr. Vikram Bhatt, Professor of Architecture
Oliver De Volpi, Executive Chef at McGill Food & Dining Services
Mary Hendrickson-Nelson, Faculty Lecturer and Dietetics Stage Clinical Coordinator