Farmers market 'visible sign of change' in downtown Bridgeburg

Farmers market 'visible sign of change' in downtown Bridgeburg

By Sarah Ferguson, Fort Erie Times

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The inaugural Bridgeburg Rustic Farmers Market is one of the first events that will help to revive downtown Bridgeburg.

“It's one of the first visible and positive changes downtown,” market coordinator Chrystal Haverstock told councillors during Tuesday's council-in-committee.

Haverstock asked councillors to support a lease agreement between the Town of Fort Erie and the Bridgeburg Station Business Improvement Association to allow the farmers market to operate at the municipal parking lot on Jarvis Street near Central Avenue.

Haverstock said the Bridgeburg Rustic Farmers Market will open on June 2 and continue every Tuesday until Oct. 27.

It will run from 11 a.m., until 7 p.m., during the month of June. The hours of the market will be re-evaluated in July to ensure it is best serving the needs of the community.

For the first time since the 1990s, residents living in Bridgeburg will be able to purchase fresh fruits and vegetable.

“It's been at least 20 years since the last grocery store moved out (of downtown Bridgeburg),” Haverstock said. “Local fruits and vegetables (from Niagara) will be available to a vastly underserved community.

Haverstock said the market will feature “a small but diverse group of farmers and growers.” There is still limited space available for vendors.

For more information, farmers can e-mail Haverstock at weirdorama.extravaganza@gmail.com.

sarah.ferguson@sunmedia.ca ­

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