By David Klassen
The St. Norbert Farmers’ Market Co-op received a boost in funding Saturday during the first official day of its operations for the season.
Premier Greg Selinger announced $32,000 to explore development opportunities to sustain and manage the market’s future growth.
“The St. Norbert Farmers’ Market is a well-recognized local garden-market destination that has demonstrated a long track record of success,” said Selinger. “The funding we are announcing today will help support Vision 2020, the initiative established by the partners in this co-op to address the challenges of infrastructure and controlled expansion, and identify future growth opportunities.”
“This investment will develop a long-term vision for the market that will allow for growth but keep true to our roots as a local producer-driven marketplace,” said Phil Veldhuis, the market’s president.
Earlier this year, the province provided the market with $10,000 for site improvements.
The non-profit co-operative first opened in 1988 and now includes more than 130 full-time vendors and approximately 50 casual vendors.