WINCHESTER – The sun is shining on a brand new season of fresh produce and warm sunrays, which means that it’s time for the return of the Winchester Market.

Even though the market’s grand opening is next weekend, there was a small gathering of five vendors Sun., May 13 in the Seaway Valley PharmaChoice parking lot, to demonstrate what will be offered through to the end of October.

Amanda Giles, above, owner of Oak Valley Produce and organizer of the market, sold freshly baked goods like rhubarb pie, banana bread and focaccia as well as a selection of jams.

Each vendor had their very own grown or handmade collection of goods that were available for purchase, including handmade bath soaps, freshly grown garlic scapes and carved pipes and knives.

Amanda Giles, owner of Oak Valley Produce and organizer of the market, said that while there were only five vendors available for the event, that number will improve later on into the season.

“We’re planning on having more vendors as the summer progresses on,” Giles said. “It’s still the beginning of the season, so there’s not a lot of produce available. So when there’s more produce available, more vendors will come.”

Una Rhodes, also known as the angel lady, sold jewellery, bracelets and lava totems.

Giles has even teamed up with the Chesterville Farmers’ Market to start a draw competition to attract more people to both events. Customers are given a pamphlet for a vendor to sign when something has been purchased from their booth.

When a customer has gathered three signatures from both village markets, they are eligible to enter the draw for a giant gift basket.

“The basket will be a collection of items from every vendor at each market,” Giles said. “It’s a great way to encourage people to shop locally and get word out on the market.”

Diane Drabowicz, owner of Di’s Delights, sold an assortment of plants including tomato, pepper, basil and more. Drabowicz will have more produce in the next three weeks with kale, lettuce and spinach. Press Photos – Glover