Rick Fairbairn (centre)

Rick Fairbairn (centre)

Lumby market harvests funding

The Regional District of North Okanagan recently presented $1,000 to the market to go towards its operations.

The Lumby Public Market is garnering regional support.

The Regional District of North Okanagan recently presented $1,000 to the market to go towards its operations.

“This is another example of RDNO’s ongoing support to markets across the district,” said Murray August, Lumby Public Market chairperson.

Rick Fairbairn, RDNO director, believes markets such as the one in Lumby are important to agriculture.

“Farm gate sales are great for local communities, the local economy, and for local growers and producers,” he said.

“For consumers, it’s a win-win. They’re getting fresh, high-quality foods straight from the farm gate at good prices.  We are pleased to provide support to the Lumby Public Market, and we encourage everyone to shop locally at farmers and public markets.”

Support for markets also fits in with RDNO’s campaign to have provincial meat regulations amended.

“We would like to see locally raised meats and poultry available at all markets,” said Fairbairn, adding that since 2007 when changes were made to provincial meat processing rules, the number of local producers has dropped from 1,200 to 300.

“The district is concerned about the impact these changes have had on area farmers.”