The Clarenville farmers’ market is hoping to build upon its successful first season, and a new permanent building — complete with glass garage doors and washroom facilities — will be a big part of the plans.
Work on the existing market site is expected to begin this week, with hopes of finishing by June 23, the first day of market season, said Krista Chapman, managing director of Farm and Market Clarenville.
“Every single person on the board, and all the staff, have been certainly feet-to-the-floor running every day, trying to get this full speed ahead and get this up and running,” she said.
The Farm and Market Clarenville site as it appeared last year, during the market’s first season. (Farm and Market Clarenville/Facebook)
On Friday the federal and provincial governments announced $300,000 in funding that will be used to construct a modern building on the existing market site.
“It’s awesome news,” Chapman told CBC’s Central Morning Show. “We would not be able to do what we are doing without funding from the government. It certainly would not be possible to expand at the rate we’re expanding.”
Building on first season’s successes
The market had a successful first season last summer, operating in a large tent on its current site.
But when high winds made the tent unsafe, the market had to close in the earlier in the fall than originally planned.
That won’t be a problem this season, thanks to the new building, Chapman said.
The new digs will also…