Farmer’s Market at its Best Today

Guelph’s community spirit was alive and well at the Farmer’s Market today!  Thank you to all the vendors who set up shop and to the many, many regular and new customers who came out to support them.  Over 2,600 people came out between  7 am and 12 noon to show their Market spirit! 

The City Hall venue was bustling with the sound of music, chatter and excitement.   Market Square and City Hall are the roots of the market experience in Guelph, so the change of scenery was a “homecoming” of sorts.  Although the relocation of the market came about through less-than-ideal circumstances, today’s event was a testament to how our community comes together when the going gets tough.

City staff, under the leadership of Derek McCaughan, Ann Pappert and Mayor Farbridge, have been working non-stop this week to troubleshoot every minor detail to bring the market to life in the halls of City Hall.  THANK YOU!!!

See you all again next week!

Leanne

The Market Returns to MARKET SQUARE

It will be a different kind of Farmer’s Market in Guelph this Saturday! Please come out and show your support for our Farmer’s Market vendors!

Dedicated city staff have been working non-stop to prepare alternate space for the temporarily displaced Market.    City Hall (galleria and main floor meeting rooms) will become home to the Farmer’s Market until roof repairs allow for re-occupancy of the regular market building. In response to feedback from vendors, earlier reports that meat and produce vendors would be outdoors has changed — they will now be housed inside City Hall.

The City of Guelph media release follows:

Most Farmers’ Market vendors to be accommodated within City Hall

City finds a better alternative in response to vendor feedback yesterday.

GUELPH, ON, December 9, 2010 – Most Farmers’ Market vendors—including many meat and all produce vendors—will be able to sell their products in City Hall while roof repairs are undertaken to the market building at the corner of Gordon Street and Waterloo Avenue.

This update comes after more work by City staff to keep the market under one roof and accommodate as many vendors as possible during a temporary shut-down of the market building, and after the City announced Tuesday it would accommodate craft vendors within City Hall and produce vendors in the Wilson Street parking lot.

“Yesterday afternoon the Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health Unit confirmed that meat vendors can sell from within City Hall as long as they meet certain requirements,” says Derek McCaughan, the City’s Executive Director, Operations & Transit. “This means we’ll be able to accommodate many meat vendors and all produce vendors within City Hall rather than excluding them or having them sell from the Wilson Street parking lot.”

Raw meat vendors will still be able to come to market and sell their product provided it’s frozen or pre-packaged, which would make it compliant with health regulations. “This was well-received by some of the market’s meat vendors,” said McCaughan.

To accommodate more than 70 vendors, the City is making all of its ground floor meeting rooms available, along with the lobby of City Hall.

The City only learned of the extent of the risk associated with continuing to operate the Farmers’ Market from its original building last Wednesday, creating an urgent need to relocate the market. City staff has been working diligently ever since to find a solution that would allow the market to continue to operate in an alternate location.

The Guelph Farmers’ Market will be open and operating from within City Hall every Saturday beginning this week until repairs to the market building’s roof are complete.

The City continues to liaise with market vendors to inform them of changing information and provide details about the transition.

Repairs to the market building’s roof are expected to take eight to ten weeks.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Derek McCaughan

Executive Director

Operations and Transit

T 519-822-1260 x 2018

E derek.mccaughan@guelph.ca

Farmer’s Market Temporarily Moved to New City Hall

The Guelph Farmers’ Market has been temporarily relocated to the City Hall lobby and Wilson Street parking lot.

GUELPH, ON, December 7, 2010 – The Guelph Farmers’ Market building at the corner of Gordon Street and Waterloo Avenue is now closed until repairs to its roof are complete.

Public safety continues to be of paramount importance to the City of Guelph. Based on a recent structural assessment of the building, the City of Guelph—which owns the farmers’ market facility—is of the opinion there is sufficient engineering evidence and professional advice to warrant closing the building in the interest of public safety.

Arts and craft vendors will be invited to relocate to the lobby of City Hall, and produce vendors will relocate to the Wilson Street parking lot. Unfortunately, vendors who require hot and cold water for the operation of their booth cannot be accommodated at either location. The City will be meeting with these vendors as soon as possible.

The Guelph Farmers’ Market will be open and operating at these two locations every Saturday until repairs to the market building’s roof are complete. Free two-hour parking will be maintained in the Wilson Street lot.

The City is in the process of contacting each market vendor to inform them of the new location and provide details about the transition.

Repairs to the market building’s roof are expected to take eight to ten weeks.

The City of Guelph encourages the community to continue to support farmers’ market vendors during this time of transition.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Derek McCaughan

Executive Director

Operations and Transit

T 519-822-1260 x 2018

E derek.mccaughan@guelph.ca