Apr
13

St. John's Farmers' Market wins funding for permanent home at old bus depot

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It's official: the St. John's Farmers' Market will have a new home in the former Metrobus depot on Freshwater Road, with several levels of government teaming up to help bring the plan to fruition. 

 

The City of St. John's showed off the plan for its $2 million investment Friday morning at a news conference that also involved federal and provincial spending commitments.

 

"The decision to move forward with the community market comes after several years of work by the City, the St. John's Farmers' Market and its funding partners," Coun. Tom Hann said in a statement, adding that the investment will also create a vibrant community hub that has plenty of parking.

 

 

"The completion of a feasibility assessment and business plan enabled us to determine that a market is viable and financially sustainable in the proposed facility."

 

'Excited to expand'

 

The St. John's Farmers' Market Co-operative (SJFM) will run the facility. It is contributing $100,000 towards the project.

 

"A permanent home for the Market has been the Co-operative's dream ever since we started out as a small group of vendors and volunteers," said Joshua Smee, SJFM Chair.

 

"After years of bursting at the seams in our current location, we are incredibly excited to expand not only our space, but also what the market can offer the community."

 

The Farmers' Market has for many years been using the Lions Club Chalet off Bonaventure Avenue.

 

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