Need for year-round farmers market: supporters

Monique Chiasson
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Need for year-round farmers market: supporters

TRURO - Supporters of the Truro Farmers' Market agree there is a need for a year-round market that offers both indoor and outdoor options.
A small group gathered at the Truro library Tuesday night to discuss their desires for the future of the Truro Farmers' Market.
Location was the main issue discussed among about a dozen people.
"People like the outdoor environment when the weather is nice but it would be beneficial to have it indoors when the weather is bad and to have it year-round," said Jim Moore, a Truro consultant helping with the consultation process.
"Professionals will start this weekend to look at the old fire hall," to see if it's a feasible place for the market.
"There's no space to grow where it is now and it is growing in demand," said Grace Murray of the Downtown Truro Partnership of the May to October market.
"We want to keep it in the downtown core area of Truro. It's an anchor of the downtown."
Truro's Matt Fraser attends the market "religiously." He believes the market should be extended to a mid-week event as well.
"How many people are away on weekends during the summer and are missing it?"
Obtaining an indoor venue could also potentially provide a kitchen to heat dishes up before/during the market and increase food safety practices.
The old fire hall could potentially provide a meeting room for community events in general, reasoned the group.
"Nothing is a 'no' at this point," said Moore.
He added new initiatives are being explored, such as the implementation of Truro Farmers' Market dollars specifically for purchasing items at the market.
Other questions raised were if the length of the market (8 a.m. to noon) was long enough and how much would the rental fee be if the venue was moved from outdoors to indoors.
Future community meetings will be held as the consultation process continues.

Organizations: Downtown Truro Partnership

Geographic location: TRURO

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  • Gerald
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I, for one, think this is a great idea...to use the old fire hall for the Farmers' Market. Parking shouldn't be too much of a problem...there's lots of room behind the hall. I hope this organization can continue to grow and prosper for the sake of all the farmers who participate and for us...the public.

  • John
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I would like to see the economic proposals of the expansion. Is there a significant public funding component, and if so, which governments? Does the presence of the market have a real impact (positive or negative and based on fact not antidote) on other area businesses? Farmers markets are great for small businesses to bring their produce to the public. The question is - are they subsidized to the detrement of the general public and small brick & mortar businesses?
    Just food for thought.