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Stéphanie Alcaraz-Robinson
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Beaconsfield's farmers' market hopes to expand

Firouz Javaheri, owner of L'Arôme du Matin, makes everyone happy with cakes, pasteries and home made bread, sold at the Market.

Summer is the ideal time for farmers to gather and make their products known and accessible to the public. Daniel La Tour understood this and helped organize a farmer's market in Beaconsfield. Every Thursday, fresh and local products are made available to West Islanders.

From the Heritage Train Station in Beaconsfield, La Tour is adamant about the importance of such a market in the West Island community. It not only helps local farmers and growers, it is a service to the citizens.

"It is not always easy to find fresh products. We have lots of supermarkets, but we focus on local and organic agriculture."

The response from citizens has been good since the beginning of the year, and to keep customers coming, La Tour organizes special activities – like having Kim Arrey, author of ‘The Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide and Cookbook,’ offer nutrition advice or hosting a musical fundraiser to sway customers.

"This should be an all-year-round thing," said La Tour, pointing out that the interior of the train station could be used during the winter.

He’s eyeing the large parking lot – empty during week-ends and holidays – which could be used to gather more merchants or attract special events and festivals.

"Can you imagine a Halloween Festival, where kids could come, and where a music band could play," he said.

He told the Chronicle that discussions had been started with the city to be able to expand the market. He truly hopes that expansion will be part of the farmers' market, although nothing is sure at the moment.

Farmers' market fundraiser is set for Aug. 21 from 6 p.m. to sunset. Lively tropical music – festive Latin jazz – will be performed by Los Mapaches Latin Jazz Band. To visit the market's website, click here.

Organizations: Heritage Train Station

Geographic location: Beaconsfield, La Tour, West Island

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