Winter market gets approval
Local farmers have cultivated some winter business in Coldstream.
A winter farmers’ market is planting its roots at the Coldstream Women’s Institute.
The market will run Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. from October to April and will feature local agriculture products.
“Farmers wanted more regular markets to produce and sell their wares,” said Anita Fletcher, one of the market organizers.
“It will start small and quality is No. 1, and local is an important part of it, and it will go forward as people want it to.”
Two special Saturday craft markets are also planned prior to Christmas on Nov. 26 and Dec. 10.
Coldstream has waived application fees (worth approximately $1,500) for the market to obtain a business licence and use of the facility (since a market does not conform to the current assembly and private hospital zoning).
“We have a desire in Coldstream to host farmers markets,” said Coun. Maria Besso, as outlined in the official community plan and town centre plan.
But there are some concerns about the market coming to town.
“We shouldn’t bankroll it,” said Coun. Bill Firman.
“It’s got nothing to do with community service, it’s got nothing to do with charity, it’s something to do with making money.”
Parking will also be a concern when the market gets underway, since the Women’s Institute cannot accommodate the required parking.
Organizers are looking into renting or using parking spots at the former Coldstream Market location and/or the Coldstream Christian Church.