There was a letter to the editor today in the Mercury suggesting that the City of Guelph is working to close the farmers’ market.
I know this is going to have many people concerned, so let my response be unequivocal. Why on earth would we close the farmers’ market? Period. Or, make any changes to the market without the full input of the vendors and patrons who make the market such an unqualified success and fundamental part of our community? Good grief!
City staff has been engaging vendors and the Executive Board at the Farmer’s Market in a fully collaborative and transparent consultation process to revamp the policies/procedures and bylaw governing the market’s operation. They are old and outdated.
This work is good news. The health of our Farmers’ Market is being taken seriously and is no longer being ignored. The City is committed to an inclusive process with all vendors of the market. The vendors will have four opportunities to express any concerns on the new policies, procedures and by-laws by the time this matter is presented to Council.
The letter also suggests that the naming of the space in front of the new City Hall as “Market Square” is part of the plan for dislocation. The naming is historically-based and is completely unrelated to the Farmers’ Market. It is simply what the area used to be called.
So to all heading to the Farmers’ Market tomorrow, enjoy in peace!