Ten vendors were open for business on Saturday morning, the first of 15 weeks for the Mountjoy Farmers Market.

Porcupine District Agricultural Society president Rock Whissell says there will be even more in weeks to come, as produce becomes ready to sell.

And crafters are participating, too.  In the early planning stages, the market committee didn’t think it could have them, because of COVID-19.

“About a month ago, we received a message from the farmers market association that crafters will be allowed now in our markets,” Whisell explains, “as long as we keep all our safety distancing and what the rules are.”

Among the hottest items at crafters’ tables this year are face masks.

(Bob McIntyre, MyTimminsNow.com staff)

Whissell says the market will look different and have different products for sale in each of its 15 weeks.

“Products that were there the week before might not be there the week after,” he says, referring to stages of the growing season. “So it’s always fun to come and visit and see the farmer and see where he’s at in his fields and what new products he’s bringing to the market.”

The market is open every Saturday until Thanksgiving .from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Mountjoy Participark, just past the Mattagami bridge.