Did you know that the Moncton Market has existed for over 100 years? It first opened its doors on December 6, 1884 and has flourished since then. The location has changed twice, to end up at its current location at 120 Westmorland Street. Not only has it grown, the Moncton Market has also acquired a wide variety of vendors that have made it stand out as a unique experience in downtown Moncton.
Courtney Donnelly, the manager of the Moncton Market, was kind enough to tell us all about the Moncton Market.
“The Moncton Market […] is a great place to interact with your community. A lot of our customers are regulars. They come in almost every week, […] we see a lot of the same faces. [There’s] a really great sense of family and togetherness. I think that is what really draws people to come back week after week. [The] sense of community is a big part of the glue that holds the market together.” – Courtney Donnelly
Among the 120 vendors, you can find a wide array of products including produce, meat, baked goods, coffee, breakfast meals, choice of multicultural lunches, and crafts.
The market itself is not divided according to the products being sold; you can find a baker next to an artisan and a farmer, or you can find a coffee shop next to a homemade jewelry maker.
The Moncton Market’s hours of operation used to be 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. But with all the changes taking place due to the pandemic, the Moncton Market is now open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. It is open on Saturdays only, and more vendors are being added as time progresses. To view a full listing of which vendors will be on site, you can visit the Moncton Market’s website or Facebook page.
Nick The Dutch Baker is among one of the most well-known vendors. Courtney Donnelly shared that they have been there since the Moncton Market moved to its current location. The family works together to provide delicious baked goods, i.e. almonds turnovers, butter tarts, etc. – you will not be disappointed!
Nature’s Route Farm is much newer to the Moncton Market, but they have been very well received by the community. They offer seasonal organic products, grown locally in New Brunswick.
When it comes to food prepared on site, you can find a vast array of multicultural meals. Among others, you can find Lebanese dishes, Indian food, and Japanese dishes. And of course, one of the busiest vendors is Tammy’s Famous Breakfast.
A trip to the Moncton Market is not complete without looking around the many craft and artisanal vendors; from John Black’s Wood Working to WeAr Local apparel. There is something for everyone!
When asked about how the Moncton Market has grown since its conception, Courtney Donnelly explained that it has been a very natural progression. As the City has grown, so has the market. She is confident that there is still room for growth for the Moncton Market. “We have big plans for the future. We see different visions for [the Moncton Market] – a bigger location, a different location.”
Locals and tourists alike are part of what makes the Moncton Market such an amazing place. Buying local goods and supporting vendors are the best way to continue to support the Moncton Market. You can do some research on the Moncton Market vendors on the Moncton Market website before your visit. The website has information on how to get in touch with the vendors that may not be present during your visit, for those who want to support them.
About the author :
Carmen LeBlanc is a writer originally from Cheticamp, NS, now residing in Moncton, NB. Her blog Tiny Adventures Journey focuses on the environment, minimalism and travel. You can subscribe to her blog by following the link below, and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram.