We’ve grown so much in nine years! In fact, we’ve grown so much that we’ve out grown our current space. So, the Farmers’ Market will be moving to a new home in 2018!
Thanks to everyone that helped us reach our goal of $100,000 as our contribution to this exciting project.
“Our new and improved space is in the former metro bus depot on Freshwater Road. It is seven times the size of our current location and will be better for the whole community – vendors and visitors alike. The larger space means we will be able to accept more vendors and there will be more room for customers to socialize with friends, eat tasty foods, buy great local produce, and pick up some neat local art. Much more than what fits in the current space, and without leaving out any of the activities that make the current market so great. It will be a true community space too, with a community kitchen, a public square, a playground, and much more; an important amenity in a city lacking public places to gather.”
The St. John’s Farmers’ Market (SJFM) has been serving St. John’s since 2008. Since then, the market has grown in popularity, both with the public and with vendors.
The City of St. John’s is excited about the growth of the SJFM and has found us our new space. The City has taken the lead on assembling the funding for the renovations from all three levels of government. They will continue to own the space, and will lease it to the SJFM Cooperative, who will operate an expanded, permanent market there, as well as lots of exciting community programs. This is a phenomenal opportunity to build a great permanent market at a fraction of the cost of a new building.
The SJFM is proud to be a destination that gets the community moving. On a sunny Saturday at the SJFM you will find yoga classes, hula hooping, tai chi demonstrations, Shakespeare by the Sea performances, magicians, a pop up library, balloon twisting and so much more. At our current space these activities are often cancelled on rainy days but our new location will mean that these activities can move indoors on those poor weather days.
The SJFM has a big impact on many lives. The farmers, the craftspeople, the tourists, the volunteers, and the thousands of locals that visit the market every Saturday are all a part of it. Our motto, “Make it, Bake it, Grow it”, means that vendors and producers interact directly with their customers.
The market has seen an increase in the number of farmers selling at the market. Now that they have a place to regularly sell their product, new farmers have started planted and growing. Our new location will mean even more days to sell, as asking the vegetables to wait until Saturday doesn’t always work. To meet the demand for naturally grown, local produce, many farmers have expanded their operations over the last eight years. The SJFM is extremely proud of this important role in helping to get fresh, local food to the community.
The Market has also become a very important space for new Canadians who use the market as a springboard into community life in St. John’s, whether as volunteers or as vendors. New Canadian vendors from Africa, India, Turkmenistan, Thailand, Czechoslovakia, the Middle East, and Brazil have all helped to make the SJFM the place to go for international cuisine.
Our new location will be more accessible. We’ll have more room, more storage, permanent refrigeration, and more flexibility. We plan to have a Wednesday night market, and to be open for a longer season than our current location allows.The St. John’s Farmers’ Market Cooperative (a non-profit organization) has committed to contributing $100,000 towards the project’s total cost of more than $3,000,000.
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