Farmers' market looks for alternative Carnarvon locations
By Angelica Ingram
Published Dec. 15, 2016
The Haliburton County Farmers’ Market is planning ahead and seeking some alternative locations for their popular Carnarvon market.
Chair of the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market Association, Angel Taylor made a presentation to Algonquin Highlands council on Dec. 8, updating councillors on the success of the market and the possible need for a new location.
For the past number of years, the market has operated a Friday location in Carnarvon in an empty property next to Rhubarb restaurant near the intersection of Highway 118 and 35.
With permission, the market would use an empty lot across the street for parking, however that lot is up for sale, meaning parking could be an issue in the future, said Taylor.
The instability of the current location has the association seeking other options in the nearby area, with the property at the Stanhope Community Centre a consideration, said Taylor.
Market organizers have conducted a casual poll to see if the new location would be popular, with many customers saying they would follow the market, she said. However vendors aren’t so sure.
“We’re in a very high-traffic spot right now,” said Taylor, adding the proposed location is not on a busy road, which worries vendors. “I’m not sure Stanhope will fly with our vendors.”
Held on Fridays from June to October, the market operates from 12 noon to 4 p.m. but would need the space from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to allow time for setting up and tearing down.
Specifically a new location would require something central and available, a hydro hookup, public washrooms, picnic tables and adequate parking.
The market would also be seeking permission to have buskers performing at the location, with respect given to the type of music and volume.
Attendance at last year’s Carnarvon market surpassed 13,300 people, said Taylor.
“We would like to have some sort of contingency plan and are looking for some suggestions,” she said.
Reeve Carol Moffatt thought the community centre was a great location and met all the requirements the market had.
“It’s unfortunate it’s off the beaten path,” said Deputy-reeve Liz Danielsen, adding she couldn’t think of a better alternative.
Councillor Brian Lynch said he thought the Stanhope location was very suitable, as it had great recreation facilities as well, including tennis courts and a playground. Councillor Lisa Barry agreed.
Moffatt said in the past events held at the Stanhope location have been very well attended.
“It’s a knockout location, it’s just not on a busy road,” said Taylor.
Council passed a resolution to support the Stanhope Community Centre location if it’s needed.