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A very fresh dress rehearsal (10 photos)

Wednesday, June 04, 2014   by: Donna Hopper

This was not your typical dress rehearsal.

There were no actors, no director, and it definitely didn't take place in a theatre.

This afternoon, the powers that be from Mill Market - Algoma's newest farmers' market - hosted a dress rehearsal (or soft opening) at the newly renovated space located in the former fish hatchery on Canal Drive.

Hundreds gathered to see what the more than 20 vendors had to offer and get a sneak peek at the buggy delights on display at Entomica.

Following the official ribbon-cutting ceremony that included Entomica biologist John Dedes, Mayor Debbie Amaroso, MPP David Orazietti, and Riversedge Developments CEO Justus Veldman, the fresh-obsessed visitors were free to roam and stock their pantries with early-season goods.

"Another really fantastic part of this market is it's an actual destination because we did launch Entomica which is a small insectarium," said Veldman. "There's some really cool insects and some great staff running that facility."

Entomica will celebrate its official 'buggy grand opening' this Saturday, June 7 at 35 Canal Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is by donation.

As for Mill Market, its official opening also takes place this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participating vendors include Valleyfield Farm, Desbarats Country Produce, Twisting Roots Homestead, Cafe Natura, Tammy Paterson (The Queen's Tarts), Homemade by Marley, the Karhi Brothers, Sunnynook Farms, Penokean Hill Farm, The Family Tree, and many more.

For more information about Mill Market, please click here.

For a video account of the Mill Market opening, click here.

Pictured: Hundreds gathered at the old fish hatchery for the soft opening of The Mill Market in Sault Ste. Marie, ON on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Martti and Melanie Lemieux of Valleyfield Farm were busy selling baked goods, produce and farm-fresh pork. ©Donna Hopper/

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thomas 6/4/2014 10:06:58 PM Report

Awesome! Good luck to all the vendors! I truly hope this will succeed!
soowat 6/4/2014 11:44:35 PM Report

I guess David and Deb didn't want to get their hands dirty by mixing with us common folk so the powers that be had to arrange a special session just for the "important" people
dadal 6/5/2014 7:23:15 AM Report

Not a fair comment Soowat. ALL mayors attend the 'private" openings in this city, just like the one the Casino had for selected guests. And of course Mr O would attend-it's a photo op for him to use.
stella 6/5/2014 8:58:01 AM Report

Way to go John. so happy everything went well. so proud.
Wicket 6/5/2014 9:59:07 AM Report

And the PC candidate was there and the NDP candidate arrived a tad late (but on another news story, she was at something else earlier and probably couldn't get there on time).
AND it was soft opening that wasn't expected to have the turn out that happened. There were cars parked all the way over to the St Mary's parking lot. Fabulous show of support of POSITIVE PEOPLE -
some of you really need to get a life and stuff the negativity.

Milhouse van Houten 6/5/2014 12:07:32 PM Report

This wasn't a private, invite-only event. The public was more than welcome to attend and they did! By the hundreds! It was fantastic.
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