Despite the coming colder weather, the Sackville Famers’ Market will continue into the winter months, with the inside vendors remaining in the Bridge Street Café and the outdoor vendors moving to the parking lot behind 26 Bridge Street.
SACKVILLE, N.B. – As the seasonal use of Bridge Street for the Sackville Farmers’ Market comes to an end and the transition begins for the winter season, the board members are pleased to announce that the indoor vendors will remain in the Bridge Street Café and the outdoor vendors will set up in the parking lot behind 26 Bridge Street, near the Weldon Street entrance to the Waterfowl Park for the 2013-2014 winter season.
While the market has existed in Sackville for decades, it has been just over a year since the formal incorporation of Sackville Farmers' Market Inc. as a membership-driven, non-profit organization with an elected board of directors. Over this past year, the board has worked hard to make good decisions that support the long-term development of the market.
In winters past, some vendors have moved into the parking lot beside the Salvation Army with success. This year the number of vendors is much larger and the market board has re-evaluated its needs and has negotiated with Gordon Beal (the landlord) to use the parking lot behind the Salvation Army Thrift Store for the Saturday morning market throughout the winter.
The board is excited about this winter location as it will provide more room for vendors and transform a previously underutilized space into a Saturday morning community hub that backs directly onto the Waterfowl Park.
While long-term goals for the board of directors include a potential permanent location for the market, the first year of the Sackville Farmers’ Market Inc. has been consumed by shorter-term decisions required to keep the market moving forward and build our unique market atmosphere.
Fortunately, as a result, the market is thriving more than ever before. The board of directors and members recognize that there will be benefits to finding a permanent, sheltered location. This is a long-term endeavour that will require significant growth and planning. The market is confident that given time it will make this transition.
As the fall winds turn to wind chill, the Sackville Farmers’ Market board extends its appreciation to its customers, the vendors, the merchants on Bridge Street and the town of Sackville for their support during the summer season and to send out the reminder that they will operate all winter long on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon.
For more information visit the website at sackvillefarmersmarket.ca or contact Guy Brun, market manager at 506-536-7378.