Council set to expand farmers’ markets in Vancouver 

July 2, 2010 | Arts and Culture

A report coming to council on Tuesday will recommend by-law changes to make it easier to start and operate a farmers’ market in Vancouver, which will increase access to local food and help expand markets around the city, said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

“Farmers’ markets are increasingly popular in Vancouver, and supporting locally grown food is a key part of our goal to become the greenest city in the world,” said Mayor Robertson. “In recent years, we’ve seen farmers’ markets expand from Trout Lake into Gastown, the West End, and Kitsilano. People want to eat locally and these changes will help make it easier.”

The report, scheduled for Tuesday’s Council meeting, provides a number of recommendations to make it easier for new farmers’ markets to open, while supporting current markets. These include:

Reducing permit fees for farmers’ markets;

Expanding the zoning in which a market can operate;

Increasing the permitted maximum market size; and

Establishing a streamlined process for setting up a market.

The report can viewed at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20100706/documents/p1.pdf

 

Mayor Robertson stressed that farmers’ markets benefit the city in a variety of ways.

“Supporting farmers’ markets makes sense, both for our environment and our economy. People get greater access to locally produced food, and in the process we create new gathering places for neighbours and local businesses to come together. It’s also a good way to invest directly in our local economy.

“The changes recommended in this report are a response to the growing popularity of farmers’ markets in Vancouver, and I hope council will support them.”

Photo credit: City of Vancouver