Planning for Southlands began with a vision for Market District. Here, in Market Square, farmers sell their produce at markets, but they also mingle with residents and shopkeepers over coffee, craft ale, or a sandwich. Market District is a vibrant village where people roam and gather—residents and visitors alike—at food festivals, outdoor concerts, and Earthwise gardening demonstrations. Mixed-use buildings have relevant retail at ground level and residential flats above. Walkable streets double as festive outdoor spaces. Market District is core to Southlands’ sense of place, connecting agriculture to consumers in meaningful ways.
Market District is an animated destination for consumers focused on food, farming, gardening, cooking, and gastronomy. It’s therefore an excellent location for your restaurant, café, retail shop, commercial kitchen, or small production facility. If your business supports our ethos of farming and food, please contact:
The Market Square is the focal point of Market District and a flourishing commercial hub where agriculture intersects with the community. Here, people shop the farmers’ markets, explore demonstration gardens, visit artisans’ studios, and refuel at farm-to-table restaurants. The heritage Red Barn has been reinvented as a unique venue for weddings and community events, and the natural amphitheatre hosts musical performances. Members tend their allotment gardens, the Grange provides indoor space for the business of farming, and historic Alexander/Gunn House stands as a tangible legacy of farming on this land.
Opening in the Fall of 2020, this is the public’s introduction to life at Southlands. Its simple Scandinavian design and exceptional craftsmanship set the standard for all Southlands structures to follow. When real estate sales conclude, it will feature ground-floor retail with 3 rental apartments above.
Dating to 1884, this farmhouse was painstakingly restored in 1999. The beloved heritage structure is now a gift to Delta and a distinctive gateway to the neighbourhood.
Part of the original dairy farm at Southlands, this historic barn’s original character and patina has been refreshed and repurposed to a modern gathering place, with a well-equipped kitchen installed. It will host a range of community events.
Purpose-built to support the business of agriculture, The Grange provides farmers with offices, meeting space, produce cleaning and aggregating facilities, and storage for equipment and tools. Farmers’ markets take place on the outdoor plaza.
A natural bowl in the site’s topography becomes an amphitheatre for open-air performances and other events. This natural seating venue overlooks Market Square, with an orchard as its backdrop.
Raised bed garden plots set in a community garden are available for the public to grow their own food on site. Passersby will see gardeners planting, harvesting, and tending to their plots here at the heart of the neighbourhood.
A community farming organization that promotes sustainable practices, Earthwise has been established on site for over 10 years. They will continue to play a pivotal role here.
Throughout the community, works of art express our agricultural heritage and honour the work of farming.
An open-air market will provide consumers with fresh produce grown by our farm partners on Southlands Farm. Markets take place outside The Grange, beginning Spring 2021.