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Trouble brewing at Hamilton Farmer’s Market

Trouble brewing at Hamilton Farmer’s Market

Next week the General Issues Committee of Council will look at a motion by Ward Two Councillor Jason Farr to begin the process of exploring the possibility of the city divesting the market to a third – party operator. Even before the COVIOD outbreak had devastated retail shopping, the Bay Observer had received complaints from vendors concerned that the Board of Directors of the market was dominated by certain stall holders to the disadvantage of others, that violations  regarding allocated space were being ignored by staff who report to the board.

The Farr motion mentions the fact that the arrival of the Nations food store in Jackson Square. And other food markets in the immediate vicinity were having a negative impact on sales in the market. The Bay Observer had been advised that some venders were not adhering to market hours of operation by shutting down early thus further discouraging shoppers.

One board member, Maria Di Censo resigned in frustration last year. Her letter of resignation follows:

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  • Years ago I had the experience of shopping at the farmers market in Vancouver. Granville Island. Warehouses converted with numerous restaurants and bakeries and evening night spots to satisfy every ones needs. There was never a problem with parking and the waterfront became a central destination for the entire city. The Farmers market downtown has very few farmers to be Called a “FARMERS” market. . And sadly yes the hours are inconsistent for most shoppers looking for fresh food.

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