UpTown Market Opening June 2nd

May 19th, 2016 | Posted by Sylvia in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)


UpTown Market will be opening for the season in two weeks, on Thursday, June 2nd, at Waterloo Square. Despite the construction on King Street, we have decided that our best course of action is to stay in our usual location, although we’ll be pushing back towards The Shops somewhat. We will be open Thursdays 3–7pm until the end of October.

We appreciate your support and understanding through the challenges posed by the ION LRT construction. We are looking forward to continued growth once King Street is reopened, especially since the new LRT stop will be very close to the market.

Announcing the 2016 Board

March 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Sylvia in Volunteer - (Comments Off)

The Waterloo Farmers and Crafters Market Cooperative is pleased to announce that our AGM was a success, and we have elected a full board for the 2016 season.

We thank Bhupi Rajput and Shelley Waine for their service on the board, and wish them well in their other endeavours.

Brenda Hodge will continue as treasurer, completing her two-year term in 2017. Nathan Klassen and Kathleen Stahlbaum have each been elected to a second term on the board. Anita D’Hondt, Sylvia Hook, and Mandy Tempest are newly elected board members; all of them have been involved with the market as vendors and/or as volunteers in the past, as well. Board positions and roles will be determined at the board’s upcoming meeting on April 7th.

Several changes to the bylaws were also passed at the AGM, primarily strengthening the coop’s existing rules, and adding a system for handling infractions. You can view the updated policy manual here.

The board has received a number of applications for the position of on-site coordinator, and will be reviewing those in the coming weeks, in order to have that position filled before the market opens for the season in late-May. We are also seeking volunteers for the upcoming market season; whether you’re interested in the behind-the-scenes administration of the market or just want to help with set-up or take-down, we could use your help! Please email us at UpTownMarketWaterloo@gmail.com for more information.

Because of the LRT construction, the coming year is likely to be a challenging one for the market; the board is exploring alternate locations with the city, due to noise and dust concerns with the construction adjacent to the square. Stay tuned for details as the season draws near. The board is aiming to run a pared-down market, focusing on vendor retention and market promotion in the community. We will not be organizing live music (buskers welcome!) or special events for the 2016 season; look for those resuming once we’re through the construction challenges.

With your support, we’re looking forward to another great market season!

2016 Uptown Market Annual General Meeting

March 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Kathleen in Events | Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

The Waterloo Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market Cooperative is hosting our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 9th at 6:30 pm at the Seven Shores Cafe and Bakery on Regina St. in Waterloo.

We will begin the meeting by reviewing last year’s successes and challenges, discussing partnerships, reviewing the Financial Report and electing Board members. Many of our Board members are coming to the end of their term and we are looking for some wonderful people to fill their shoes! Members, this is a great opportunity to get your voice heard! We will also be accepting new members at this meeting. You do not need to be a vendor to be a member. The cost is 10$ to become a member of our cooperative.

Following the formal part of the agenda will be an opportunity for members and the general public to discuss the Uptown market – what is working, and what we could improve on for the 2016 season! We are also looking for volunteers, so if you are interested in helping out, we want to see you at the meeting!

This meeting will ultimately serve to help shape the future of the Uptown Market, and provide us with ideas and opportunities for growth so we can serve our vendors, and the broader community, better!

Want to learn more? Want to meet our vendors? Want to ask your questions?

Join us on March 9th!

Please RSVP to let us know you are interested.

Seeking Onsite Market Coordinator

February 2nd, 2016 | Posted by Kathleen in Uncategorized | Volunteer - (Comments Off)
Uptown Market

Do you love the UpTown Market as much as we do?

Even if you are not a vendor, you can get involved in making our our awesome, boutique, sustainable, Artisan food and craft market a central part of the community.

We are currently seeking an On Site Market Coordinator to assist with set up, take down, and troubleshooting during the Market! If you are passionate about local food and farmers’ markets, and want to get involved with a great organization, we would love to hear from you! Check our the posting below for more information on just what the position entails.

Please contact us at uptownmarketwaterloo@gmail.com if you are interested in getting involved!

Uptown Market_Onsite Market Coordinator Position

Rich & Simple French Onion Soup

January 28th, 2016 | Posted by Kathleen in Recipes - (Comments Off)
french onion soup

Red onions and cooking onions, like many other root vegetables, are plentiful during the winter. Visit your local farmers’ market and you will likely encounter a bounty of onions…often for a great price! If you love onions as much as I do, you probably love french onion soup too. There’s not much more satisfying than a hot cup of French onion soup (topped with some yummy local cheese and sliced bread!) on a chilly winter day. This version does have bacon on it, but if you’re not a meat eater, don’t fret! We’ll post a veggie version next time around!


1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 pound finely chopped bacon
6 cups sliced red and/or cooking onions (if you refrigerate them overnight first, you won’t tear up a much while you cut them!)
4 cloves of garlic (or more!)
8 cups beef broth
1/4 cup sherry
1 teaspoon thyme (fresh or dry will do!)
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh bread, sliced thick (French or Italian is great!)
Sliced swiss cheese (or other cheese, if you prefer)


  1. Heat butter and oil in a large stock pot until butter melts. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until tender and translucent. Do not brown the onions.
  2. Add sliced bacon and continue stirring until bacon is cooked
  3. Add sherry, beef broth, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Turn on the oven broiler.
  5. Ladle soup into oven safe bowls. Layer each bowl with slice of bread and slice of cheese. Place bowls on a baking sheet and broil until cheese starts bubbling.
  6. Enjoy! Beware, the bowl will be very hot!



Eating Local in Waterloo Region During the Winter Months

January 15th, 2016 | Posted by Kathleen in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)
Root Vegetables

Just because winter has finally arrived doesn’t mean you can’t get great Ontario-grown produce across Waterloo Region! You’ll be surprised to see just how much is available during the winter months! Cold weather crops, the use of green houses and hoop houses and, and availability of storage vegetables like carrot, potatoes and onions mean there is plenty of local produce available during the winter. Just check out Foodland Ontario’s Availability Guide and you’ll see just how much delicious produce you can get during the winter season!

Every week, we’ll be posting a delicious recipe using one or more of the delicious produce items available in Kitchener, Waterloo, and beyond. Check it our on our Recipes page!


Simple Carrot Soup

January 15th, 2016 | Posted by Kathleen in Recipes - (Comments Off)
Carrots resized

Visit your local all-season farmers’ market and you’ll see that carrots, onions, and garlic are plentiful, even during the winter season!

What better way to use those carrots , onions and garlic then to make a hot and hearty carrot soup to keep your warm on those cold winter days?!


1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 (or more!) cloves garlic, chopped
a Tsp Thyme or parsley
5 cups chopped carrots
2 cups water
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 Tsp salt
Black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat butter and oil in a pot over medium heat until butter melts.
  2. Add onions and celery; cook, stirring occasionally until softened (approximately 6 minutes). Add garlic and thyme/parsley.
  3. Stir in carrots. Add water and broth and bring to simmer over high heat. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes, until carrots are tender
  4. Puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Be sure to use caution!
  5. Stir in salt and pepper, serve, and enjoy!

This Thursday, June 11th, the Uptown Market is proud to host the Ontario Agricultural College!

The Ontario Agricultural College (OAC)  is the founding college of the University of Guelph . It is recognized as Canada’s largest and most renowned agricultural college. The OAC is a leader in education and research in the fields of agriculture, food, the environment and rural development. And this week, they are going to be educating YOU!

The Ontario Agricultural College will be joining us for the day (3:00pm to 7:00pm), helping you get to know more about your garden, and horticulture in general! They’ve got a list of fun activities the whole family can enjoy, which we’ve listed for you below:

Plant breeding intentions

  • Learn about 12 decades of breeding inventions in Canada

Plant breeding activity

  • Learn how to be a plant breeder with a fun and interactive activity

Cooking with Weeds

  • A free recipe using a common weed will be available courtesy of two Ontario Agricultural College Alumni from their book “The Good Season”

Plant-based biomaterials

  • How to make car parts from agricultural waste residues

Build your own garden activity

  • Kids will have a chance to draw their own garden and win a prize

We are really looking forward to learning more about gardening and horticulture, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy what the OAC has to offer! You can learn more about the Ontario Agricultural College and the amazing work they do on their website HERE

Looking forward to seeing you at the Market this Thursday, and every Thursday. We’ve got special events planned every week, so stay tuned to our blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages to keep updating on the exciting happenings at the Uptown Market this summer!


Now Accepting Vendor Applications!

March 10th, 2015 | Posted by Tracy in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)



We are now accepting vendor applications.  Returning vendors have first right of refusal until April 1, 2015.  After that, new vendors will be considered for the season.

Everyone is welcome to apply as of today.  Our vendor selection committee will sort it all out, and contact you directly if they require more information to determine if the UpTown Market is right for you.

Check out our updated 2015 policy manual and vendor application form here.

We hope you will join us in June 2015 for the best year yet for UpTown Market!

Join us!! UpTown Market is seeking volunteers.

February 26th, 2015 | Posted by Tracy in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Do you love the UpTown Market as much as we do?

Even if you are not a vendor, you can get involved in making our our awesome, boutique, sustainable, Artisan food and craft market a central part of the community.

We are currently seeking Members of the Board for the following positions:

UpTown Market Entertainment Coordinator


UpTown Market Logistics Coordinator

Please contact us if you are interested in any of these or other volunteer opportunities .