About Farmers and Artisans Market at the Western Fair

Great Public Space: Farmers and Artisans Market at the Western Fair

Location: London, Ontario

What do you see in this space? How do people in the community enjoy it? :

  • Known for its Saturday Farmers’ Market
  • Popular destination for chefs, and local gastronomes in search of a wide variety of artisanal products and seasonal ingredients
  • High-quality, farm-fresh goods directly from the person who produced them
  • Showcases unique products you won’t discover anywhere else in the city
  • The 2nd Floor Artisans’ Market boasts great shopping with over 40 permanent vendors and a rotating roster of market table vendors providing friendly personalized service
  • Features the best and most unique craftspeople, artists and artisans, together with an eclectic roster of distinctive and locally handcrafted products, fine jewellery, collectibles and one-of-a-kind services

Historic or Heritage Features:

  • In 1887, the Western Fair Association built exhibition buildings on Queen’s Park, the main building was a glass structure entitled, The Crystal Palace. Unfortunately, it was later lost in a 1927 fire. Its replacement: The Confederation Building began as a place for local merchants to sell a diversity of products – and is now home to the Western Fair Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market.
  • Watch some of our artisans’ at work creating as you enjoy the ambiance of the historical Confederation Building and enjoy genuine Old East Village community life
  • An abundance of light and lofty ceilings of this historical building makes it an excellent place for: artisans, artists’ studios, musicians and crafts people alike

Memorable or Unique Characteristic(s):

  • Red brick building
  • Lofty ceilings
  • Buskers for entertainment
  • High-end vendors

Development:

  • Currently, the city is working on a park behind the market: Queens Park
  • Queens Park will soon feature edible trees, benches, and a splash pad