Last week we posted about the St. John’s Farmers’ market possibly moving into the old Metrobus Shelter, so they could house permanent and more plentiful vendors, among other perks.
News has broken that members of the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Cooperative voted unanimously in favour of doing so.
Upon reviewing the results of a feasibility study commissioned by the City of St. John’s, members of the cooperative – a mix of vendors and consumers – decided that the study “showed ample opportunity” for the former bus depot to allow the market to “expand both its physical space and its role in St. John’s as a business incubator, community hub, and key pillar in the local food and craft movement.”
The co-op’s board will now work closely with the city to provide input, and support, as the city works towards making this new facility a reality.
“St. John’s is more than ready for an expanded, permanent market,” says Josh Smee, Chair of the Co-operative’s board, “The crowds on Saturday mornings prove that. The city has been a great partner in making this, for the first time, a real possibility. We appreciate the work of the city staff engaged on this project and the leadership of Councillor Hann, who has been a key driver of the idea.”
In the time being, the market will continue to operate from its current location at the Lion’s Chalet on Bonaventure Avenue on Saturdays from 9 AM to 2 PM.