Farmers’ markets aren’t new concepts for a lot of communities.
For example, one of the most successful is the Farmers’ Market in St. John’s, open for much of the year. And in season, one of the most popular places for local foods, as evident by the crowds at the peak of the harvest is Wooddale, where local farmers offer their fresh produce.
Talk about such a space for Grand Falls-Windsor isn’t new: local producers have been bringing in their goods to sell outdoors around town in the past, and continue to do so. The town itself even briefly entertained the idea of a designated space for a market, and put a sign on the parking lot shared by the Grand Falls-Windsor Curling Club.
But farmers and sellers didn’t seem to be interested in that area, just off Lincoln Road.
However, for the past number of years, people in the area, from residents to food producers, have brought up the idea again. This time, according to the Grand Falls-Windsor council, plans for a full-fledged farmers’ market appear to be going ahead.
The Economic Development and Tourism Committee presented in the Feb. 14 council meeting that in December, the town had been in contact with several local farmers, craftspeople and other interested parties in relation to establishing a farmers’ market. The group suggested several ways of going forward with the concept, according to the economic development committee.
Economic Development Officer Gary Hennessey encouraged town staff to continue to move forward on the development of the farmers’ market, with plans beginning in June of this year for that initiative.
In an earlier story with the Advertiser discussing the High Street redevelopment project, Mayor Allan Hawkins had talked about the civic building included in the town’s plans. He said, with regard to that building, the town wanted to make it a place for people to come and spend time. Part of that would include a farmers’ market style, with booths for people to visit.