By GWYDION MORRIS
Sept. 14, 2014
Jen Campbell may have a visitor from 1864 check out the organic veggies she’ll be selling at this year’s Farm Day in the City, as the event will mark Canada’s 150th birthday.
For Campbell, the Sept. 28 event is an opportunity to showcase the Island’s fall harvest.
“People can see the array of products on P.E.I. They can still buy fresh food locally.”
Not only is Campbell getting to showcase the veggies she grows on her farm, Jen and Derek Farms, she also gets to see old friends, as the event pulls in farmers and artisans from all across the Island. And she gets to see what they have to offer.
“It’s kind of like Christmas shopping. It’s a really fun day.”
Along with actors in historic dress milling about the crowd, there will also be an old-fashioned forge making nails, antique tractors on display and a chance to guess the weight of a giant pumpkin.
“It should be a great event for residents from across the Island,” said Christina MacLeod, interim executive director for Discover Charlottetown.
Island seafood will also be available, along with what the Island’s growing brewery scene has to offer. While people are enjoying their food and drink, local musicians will be playing on stage, MacLeod said.
MacLeod hopes this year’s Farm Day in the City will top last year’s attendance of 10,000 visitors, giving more people the chance to see what the fall harvest has to offer.
“Islanders are lucky to have such a harvest every year,” she said. “This reconnects Islanders to where their food comes from.”
This year’s Farm Day in the City takes place Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Queen Street, from Grafton Street to Dorchester Street and along Victoria Row. Admission is free.