The Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market is moving its summer outdoor location to the just-renovated Peterborough Square courtyard, according to a statement by the Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Network board of directors on Wednesday afternoon (February 26).
“We are pleased to inform you that the process of determining our long-term winter and summer locations has come to a successful conclusion,” the statement reads. “After consultation with vendors and stakeholders, discussions with the City to confirm street closures, and with the continued support of our landlord, we have secured the Peterborough Square location year-round.”
The market currently operates its winter inside location in the lower level of Peterborough Square and will continue to do so.
The previous outdoor location was at the AON Citi Centre courtyard at Charlotte and Aylmer Streets in downtown Peterborough.
The market will set up at its new location at the Peterborough Square courtyard on Saturday mornings beginning in May. Between 80 and 100 vendor stalls will be accommodated at the new courtyard location, according to the board’s statement.
Charlotte Street between Water and George will be closed on market mornings, and the parking spaces on the west side of Water Street adjacent to the courtyard will be unavailable.
“We understand there will be some challenges with setting up in a new market space, but we feel very confident that we can all work together and make this transition smooth and successful,” the board states.
The board says it will be reviewing applications from new and returning vendors this week, with the market’s manager working with successful applicants to assign stall locations during March.
Sixty per cent of the vendors at the Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market are primary producers who have gone through a third-party inspection process to verify they grow 100 per cent of what they sell.