days left until the online Handmade MarketPlace • Oct 8-12, 2020

FAQ

You've got questions about the HandMade Market? We've got the answers!

Birthed in a serendipitous series of events, the first HandMade Market market took place in the living room of our 150 year old Niagara farmhouse way back around the Christmas of 2009.

While the market has grown significantly since it’s inception, we have carefully maintained it as a boutique artisan market experience featuring hand-crafted products created by local artisans and small businesses from across Ontario, Québec and Canada's east coast! It is our mandate to promote and support the handmade movement while offering our guests a local shopping alternative in an upscale atmosphere.

Our mantra is ... Shop. Sip. Savour.

The market is produced by life-long Niagara residents Jennifer Elliotson and Mark Elliotson. With our many years of hospitality, production and marketing experience, we combined our skillset with our passion for supporting the arts and small business to create the HandMade Market.

Jennifer & Mark Elliotson, HandMade Market Producers

We've curated and collected hundreds of one-of-a-kind artisans and thousands of hand-crafted products all in one place! The HandMade Market features the work of artisans from across Ontario, Québec and Canada's east coast including Jewellery, Pottery, Glass, Hand-Sewn Bags, Fashion Accessories, Preserves, Bath + Body Products, Original Fine Art, Designer Clothing, Kids Clothes, Knits, Home Decor, Luxury Hand-Spun Fibres, Artisan Wood Products, Leather, Handbound Books and so much more! Plus, there's always yummy food and wine as well as live local music to enjoy!

If you're curious which artisans will be at our next market, please have a look here!

We know you work hard for your money and we know you also have to shop. In a world where every dollar you spend is a vote of support, the HandMade Market offers you an important opportunity to choose to support local small business and the arts at the same time! We work hard to create an uplifting social experience that brings the humanity back into our daily transactions!

Any time is a good time!! That being said, if you want to beat the crowds, keep in mind that the market is generally busiest on Saturday from opening until approx. 2pm. Generally Saturdays are the absolute busiest day at any of our markets. If you’re coming first thing in the morning, be sure to allow yourself extra travel time as traffic in the area can be heavy.

SPRING/FALL MARKETS > we recommend casual attire suitable for outdoors. Keep in mind that in the event of rain or mildly inclement weather, the market will proceed. Keep an eye on the local weather (St. Catharines / Jordan) and dress according to temperature / moisture levels.

Wearing proper footwear to an outdoor event can help prevent or reduce the risk of a slip, trip and fall incident. We don't recomment shoes with leather or smooth-surfaced soles, flip-flops or spiked/high heels.

Be prepared for a variety of ground conditions and plenty of walking.

Rain or shine, the market will go on - just wear your wellies and bring an umbrella!

SPRING/FALL MARKETS > are held OUTSIDE on the grounds of a working farm / winery property. For maximum enjoyment of your day we advise checking local weather (St Catharines/Town of Lincoln) and planning ahead for the conditions!! Appropriate clothing and footwear will increase your enjoyment of the event.

As Mark Twain once said, “Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody”. Whether it looks like rain (or not), we recommend you come prepared for any eventuality.

Should extreme weather (tornado, lightning, blizzard) force the cancellation or closure of the market, we’ll announce any change of plans on our social media feeds.

SPRING/FALL MARKETS > Although the winery and bakery buildings are both fully accessible, the primary artisan village and food truck areas of this large event are OUTDOOR and are not easily accessible by wheelchair. This large outdoor event encompasses an extremely wide geographic area composed of various uneven terrains (grassy field, loose gravel, etc.).

SPRING/FALL MARKETS > plenty of free field parking (unpaved grass field) is available near the winery – please follow signage at the property and the directions of the attendants.

For your safety, we don’t recommend parking on the side of the road.

SPRING/FALL MARKETS > there are approximately 45 reserved accessible parking spots within 75 metres of the artisan village admission tent that are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

We welcome guests of any age and love to see young supporters of the arts! That being said, this is most definitely an ‘adult’ event featuring artisans, food, wine, art and live music.

Admission is free for kids 15 and under.

For the enjoyment and comfort of other guests and our artisans, we kindly ask you to leave your pets at home for these events. Exceptions are made for registered service animals only. 

We are always on the hunt for new and exciting artisans!

Please be sure to get on our Artisan Email Notification List to receive an email in January when we release the next year’s application.

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