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Does Ontario spend enough money to promote and expand farmers’ markets in the province?

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This is our Discussion Topic of the Day for August 13, 2009.

With all of the money we spend to promote local food, and the bounty of fresh products we produce here in Ontario, why do we not have more farmers’ markets per capita than in Alberta? Does Ontario spend enough money to promote and expand farmers’ markets in the province? Looking at the stats between Ontario and Alberta, one could argue that we are way behind the curve. What do you think? Should we be putting more money into our farmers’ market network? Or is it an issue more money cannot resolve? Share your thoughts.
Post Reply By James in ETOBICOKE on 8/13/2009 2:22:49 AM

I don't know how much they spend, but I do know that they are not that easy to find when you want one. We really only have two markets in Toronto, St. Lawrence Market and Kensington and even they are not "farmers' markets" with the exception of a single day a week. In Europe, they have more permanent buildings for public markets. Maybe that is what we should spend money on, better facilities for the markets. The ones that pop-up for a day are too hard to keep track of.
Post Reply By Alexander in TORONTO on 8/13/2009 9:32:38 PM

I agree with last post. We need more permanent markets. Farmers' Markets are great but more people would frequent them if they had a reliable fixed venue open every day. We should spend money on infrastructure so every major city and suburb has a permanent farmers market open every day.
Post Reply By Mary in ST CATHARINES on 8/14/2009 2:02:27 AM