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Canadian government reiterates support for Farmers’ Markets Canada


November 14, 2008
By Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

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vegetables01November 10, 2008, Ottawa, Ont. –
A representative of the Canadian government recently announced support
for the formation of a national network for farmers’ markets,
reiterating the government’s commitment to supporting farmers.

November 10, 2008, Ottawa, Ont. – A representative of the Canadian government recently announced support for the formation of a national network for farmers’ markets, reiterating the government’s commitment to supporting farmers.
 
vegetables01“Farmers’ markets are part of the heart and soul of this country, and our government is proud to have helped establish a national network that is supporting their development and growth,” said Guy Lauzon, MP for Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry, during the 2008 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. “These markets are an excellent way for farmers to grow their businesses while boosting our rural economies.”
 
Farmers’ Markets Ontario is creating a new organization, to be known as Farmers’ Markets Canada (FMC), which will look at national issues impacting farmers’ markets across Canada and undertake activities to increase the number of farmers’ markets. It will also develop a network of industry and community partners to share knowledge and expertise, and find community/industry-driven solutions to support national and rural economic development.
 
The new organization is also conducting a market study to develop a profile of shoppers and vendors at farmers’ markets. Their recommendations will be developed and the results shared with provincial and territorial partners by February 2009.
 
“We envision a future where every Canadian has easy access to a farmers’ market,” said Robert Chorney, chair of the FMC board of directors and executive director of Farmers’ Markets Ontario. “We know the demand is there and now FMC will work hard to make this objective a reality.”

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