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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 22:59

New Farmers Market Has Go Ahead - P. Kerr Wingham Advance Times

     A comment by Deputy Reeve James Campbell at the April 7 meeting of North
Huron council seemed to sum up the general view of the new Wingham
Farmers Market - Let's get on with the show.
The market steering committee has worked with council and staff to assure
them the proper arrangements have been made and approvals secured. That
includes insurance. Council's approval means the opening date of June 3 is
confirmed, and the committee can now work at getting firm commitments from
vendors.

     The steering committee now has an elected executive that consists of
Archie McKean - chair, Matt Armstrong - vice-chair, and Lorraine Poulin -
treasurer.  Armstrong is the market manager and will be a vendor. He and his partner
Kendra Knaggs operate Winterstone Farm near Bluevale, where they produce
pastured chickens, pastured berkshire pork, free-range eggs and fresh
produce.
     Armstrong said ideally the market should have at least eight vendors to
open, but they already have 12 who have expressed interest. Because the
market is producer-based, there must be three food producers for every
four vendors - the fourth can be a crafter. Everything is to be produced
locally, the exception being wine. Armstrong said negotiations are
underway with an Ontario winery.
     The focus on local produce means the market will not compete with downtown
businesses. Instead, the aim is for the market to draw people to the
downtown and boost existing businesses. The market will have a downtown
location (on municipally owned property near Frosty Queen, Foodland and
the CIBC). Armstrong said that's important to the market organizers -
people need to be able to walk to it and make it a community meeting
place. Market day will be Wednesday - not a traditional market day, but
one that doesn't conflict with other local markets in Brussels (Friday
evening) and Howick (Saturday morning). The afternoon and early evening
hours will appeal to business people, students and others.
     The staff report presented to council stated the Wingham group will join
Farmers Market Ontario. "We have confidence in this group," said Pat
Newson, head of recreation and facilities.
     For information about becoming a vendor, contact
winghamfarmersmkt@gmail.com or phone 519-441-0931.


- written by P. Kerr - Wingham Advance Times 
 
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