St. John’s Farmers’ Market to hold Grand Opening in the new Community Market on July 21st, Community Celebration on July 22nd, and launch new website.
St. John’s, July 19, 2018 – On Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Co-operative (SJFM) will hold a Grand Opening Market and kick-off a weekend of celebrations in the new St. John’s Community Market at 245 Freshwater Road; today the Co-operative has launched a new logo and website at stjohnsfarmersmarket.ca
After more than five years of planning and development, and nine months of renovations – funded by the City of St. John’s, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, ACOA, and the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Co-operative – this City-owned 14,000 square-foot facility is ready to be St. John’s first permanent market space and will be managed by the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Co-operative. The building includes a commercial kitchen, community room, café, dining area, outdoor plaza, increased market space, and much more. The St. John’s Farmers’ Market will be held every Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and every Wednesday from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, with the facility serving as a community space and rental venue during the remainder of the week. Information about the Market, the vendors, and the space is all available on the new St. John’s Farmers’ Market website at stjohnsfarmersmarket.ca
The Grand Opening weekend will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will be attended by Her Honour, the Honourable Judy Foote, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, and His Honour, Howard Foote, as well as representatives of the Municipal, Provincial, and Federal governments at 8:30 am on Saturday July 21st. At 9:00 am, the Market will open for business, staying open until 4:00 pm with entertainment provided by buskers, and activities throughout the day. Parking is available in the CRA St. John’s Tax Centre parking lot next door.
On Sunday, July 22nd the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Co-operative will be hosting a day of music, food, activities, and tours of the new Market space from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Featured performers include: Mallory Johnson, Danielle Hamel, Bollywood Jig, The Filipino Women’s Dance Group, The African Dance Group, Trad Session with Billy Sutton, Fergus Brown-O’Bryne, Rob Brown, Michelle Brophy and Kelly Russel, and Dance-Up led by Tonya Kearly. The final performance to mark the closing of festivities will be a rousing Instant Choir led by Julia Halfyard, featuring all people in attendance. Food from a selection of vendors, a children’s area, and other activities will be happening throughout the day.
“The energy behind this project from the community, from our volunteers, from our staff, and from our funding partners has been incredible,” says Joshua Smee, Chair of the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Board of Directors. “We’re so happy to have created a new space for local production to grow and for the community to gather. It has been a labour of love.”
“The St. John’s Community Market demonstrates what can be achieved when government and community partners work together,” says Mayor Danny Breen. “Community markets support local food and products, celebrate multiculturalism and contribute to the vibrancy of a city and I have full confidence the St. John’s Farmers’ Market will operate this space for the betterment of the entire community.”
“A significant amount of economic development activity is shaped through the work of co-operatives, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and volunteers. I know that every vendor, every member of the co-operative, and every visitor to the St. John’s Farmers’ Market has been waiting for this new space to open. Congratulations to all involved, as you continue to encourage, support and help drive social enterprise and co-operative development in Newfoundland and Labrador.” – Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
“The Government of Canada is pleased to support the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Co-operative as it moves to its new Community Market space,” said Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East. “The new location and additional space provide new opportunities for entrepreneurs, support farmers and craft producers and offer new possibilities for residents and visitors to gather in what promises to be one of the best events and activities venues in the city.”
“It truly takes a community to build such an inspired space. Every square inch of this new Community Market has been designed to be accessible and welcoming to all who enter. This could not have happened without the vision, the tenacity and the hard labour of countless community members. We are grateful to each and every one of you,” says Executive Director Ann Connors. “The kettle is on; the doors are open. Welcome to your new home.”
For more information, or to schedule interviews, contact:
Chair, Board of Directors
St. John’s Farmers’ Market Co-operative
St. John’s Farmers’ Market Co-operative