Need for year-round farmers market: supporters
TRURO - Supporters of the Truro Farmers' Market agree there is a need for a year-round market that offers both indoor and outdoor options.
A small group gathered at the Truro library Tuesday night to discuss their desires for the future of the Truro Farmers' Market.
Location was the main issue discussed among about a dozen people.
"People like the outdoor environment when the weather is nice but it would be beneficial to have it indoors when the weather is bad and to have it year-round," said Jim Moore, a Truro consultant helping with the consultation process.
"Professionals will start this weekend to look at the old fire hall," to see if it's a feasible place for the market.
"There's no space to grow where it is now and it is growing in demand," said Grace Murray of the Downtown Truro Partnership of the May to October market.
"We want to keep it in the downtown core area of Truro. It's an anchor of the downtown."
Truro's Matt Fraser attends the market "religiously." He believes the market should be extended to a mid-week event as well.
"How many people are away on weekends during the summer and are missing it?"
Obtaining an indoor venue could also potentially provide a kitchen to heat dishes up before/during the market and increase food safety practices.
The old fire hall could potentially provide a meeting room for community events in general, reasoned the group.
"Nothing is a 'no' at this point," said Moore.
He added new initiatives are being explored, such as the implementation of Truro Farmers' Market dollars specifically for purchasing items at the market.
Other questions raised were if the length of the market (8 a.m. to noon) was long enough and how much would the rental fee be if the venue was moved from outdoors to indoors.
Future community meetings will be held as the consultation process continues.