by Rhonda Massad
The Sainte Anne’s Market Mogul reward card is the latest community effort coming out of Desjardins giving regular shoppers a chance to enjoy free products from local vendors every single Saturday this summer. The local market is well known for its water’s edge local food market that starting opening this season on May 7.
“We are very happy to have the support of Desjardins,” said market organizer Patti Murphy. “We share common goals, one of which is to unite the community. They are also a co-op much like we are.”
On May 28, the partnership between the market and Desjardins was made official with the launch of the Market Mogul card. Participants were asked to register for their card at the welcoming kiosk. They received a reusable cloth bag for their shopping needs and became eligible to win 25 weeks of a free food gift.
The idea is such that the first 25 cardholders to present themselves on market day will receive a free gift of food from the vendor of the week, announced each week in the market’s weekly newsletter. To start the ball rolling 25 tins of Quebec maple syrup were handed out this past Saturday.
On-site each week is Jardins Carya, a farm located in the heart of Senneville. Co-owner of the farm, Ramzy Kassouf can be found each week serving up hyper-local produce that only has to travel ten minutes to arrive at the market.
“We take pride in providing food to our community in the West Island and take great care in sustainably nurturing the land,” Kassouf explained, “so that the farm may remain productive for generations to come.”
Various other merchants selling organic local products such a fresh bread, oyster mushrooms, preserves, herbs and even garden plants, make grocery shopping a dream.