Above, vendors line the downtown portion of Bridge Street during the Sackville Farmers' Market. The local market is celebrating a number of positive changes this year.
It has been a year of change and achievement for the Sackville Farmers' Market (SFM) since the inception of its board a year ago.
The SFM is celebrating 35 years in 2013, making it one of the oldest farmers markets in New Brunswick.
The major change and achievement of the board this year was the successful transition from Bridge Street Cafe to the Sackville Farmers’ Market Inc. (SFMI) running the market. The SFMI’s board of directors and voting members now have complete organizational control. The SFM now has an official market manager, Guy Brun, who can be reached at 506-536-7378 for all inquiries.
Other highlights of this year are incorporation, hiring of a summer student, development of a logo and a Website (www.sackvillefarmersmarket.ca) and negotiations with town council for an extended street closure of a month, allowing for a longer and more dynamic season. There is also a Facebook page online.
At the annual general meeting on Sept. 25, seven directors were nominated and voted in: Kent Coates, chair; Shelley Dixon, vice chair; April MacKinnon, treasurer; Sarah Evans, secretary; Yoshiko Hosokawa, membership coordinator; Norm Hunter and Margaret Ann Capper. Many thanks are extended to retiring chair Virgil Hammock and board member Dee Milliken. The SFM bylaws were read, amended and voted on and the market rules and procedures were tabled and ratified.
Membership with the SFM is open to local area residents. Annual membership fees are $25 for voting members and $10 for lifetime supporting members.
Voting members are eligible to serve on the board of directors provided that a minimum of five directors are vendors. Anyone wishing to endorse the SFM by becoming a supporting or voting member can see Guy Brun on Saturday morning or speak to any board member.
The success of the burgeoning SFM would not exist without the amazing and continued participation of the public who show their support every Saturday. The board would also like to recognize the continued involvement of town council in the closing of Bridge Street on Saturday mornings, and also gratefully acknowledge the backing of Renaissance Sackville in covering the expense of liability insurance.
With over 36 vendors and growing steadily, the festive atmosphere each Saturday draws market-goers from Sackville, Moncton and surrounding areas as well Cumberland County, N.S. This September, the largest number of vendors in the history of the market attended on Saturday mornings. Shoppers now have an even greater variety of fresh produce to choose from, as well as domestic and international cooked goods and local crafts. Visit the market every Saturday on Bridge Street in Sackville and inside Bridge Street Cafe from 9 a.m. to noon.