Vernon and District Riding Club offers up farmers market space

Coldstream’s winter farmers market could ride into a new venue, if it can jump some hurdles

Coldstream’s winter farmers market could ride into a new venue, if it can jump some hurdles.

Since the market lost its space at the Women’s Institute, the Vernon and District Riding Club has offered the market use of its venue.

“We have available space that’s not being used for other activities and we thought it would be great to provide it to make this happen,” said Calle Mirkowsky, club director.

But before any vendors can start setting up, the farmers market and riding club would need to submit an application to Coldstream council to determine if such use could be permitted.

“Council is supportive of looking at any application,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.

Coun. Peter McClean adds: “Council is fully supportive of the farmers market but it’s not up to council to get involved.”

The riding club says the market could use driveway space when the weather permits and move indoors when it’s snowing.

“If we could work with the riding club we’d be honoured to,” said Anita Fletcher, organizer of the market which traditionally starts in October and runs Wednesdays until April.

There also appears to be significant community support for the market.

“I have received a lot of letters supporting the Coldstream Farmers Market in whatever venue it has to happen,” said Coun. Maria Besso.

Coldstream resident Bill Ellis is also eager to see the market re-started.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for this community to have a farmers market here.”