“It’s the main reason we have fewer people here,” said Schaefer.
Schaefer says she does very well at the Saturday market in Westboro, held in Byron Park, where free parking nearby is much easier to find.
Another problem vendors and customers have is the market’s location in a very urban setting full of concrete. Schaefer prefers the park setting of the Westboro market, which is filled with grass and tress and has a neighbourly feel.
John Lubrun has been selling freshly cut flowers and homemade hot sauces at the market for the last seven years. He says his sales have dropped 30 to 40 per cent since the return from Brewer Park, with very little recovery during the new location’s second year. He blames the parking situation at Lansdowne but also praised Brewer.
Made from fresh vegetables, John Lubrun sells his hot-sauces inside the Aberdeen Pavilion in early December.
‘It was all clean and nice, it was beautiful,” said Lubrun.
A regular every Sunday at the Ottawa Farmer’s Market since it opened, Jane Deville says she preferred the market when it was at Brewer. Her reason is similar to why Schaefer prefers Westboro, the green spaces and lack of concrete.
“It was very different and just felt like a happier place,” she said leaning on her bicycle.