Farmers’ market returns to Stanhope
By Chad Ingram
The Haliburton County Farmers’ Market will set up shop along North Shore Road in Stanhope again this summer.
Jim Stanley and Gus Janco of the market association visited Algonquin Highlands councillors during their April 4 meeting, requesting permission to again use township property along North Shore Road for the hosting of markets on Friday afternoons this summer.
While the market association, which also hosts markets in Minden and Haliburton Village, once had a Friday market in Carnarvon, it was moved to Stanhope in 2017. The other two markets are able to support traffic from May into the fall, however, Stanley said the Stanhope market does best through the peak summer season.
“Plus, it’s a new market,” he said. “It’s only been two years.”
Although the Stanhope market brings in less revenue than the other two markets – last year it had $122,000 in sales, compared to $260,000 in sales in Haliburton – Stanley noted that, “This market generated more dollars per patron than the other markets.”
There is strong patron and customer loyalty, and while last year the Stanhope market had 24 vendors, this year the plan is for 26, with a total of 32 tables.
“We have done polling with our vendors, and they definitely want to stay here,” Stanley said.
Councillors were extremely supportive of the market’s return.
“We can certainly use our social media channels to continue to grow the market,” said Mayor Carol Moffatt, who noted the Stanhope Museum has begun opening on Fridays during the summer, as the market generates some walk-in traffic.
“We love what you’re doing, glad you want to come back,” said Deputy Mayor and Haliburton County Warden Liz Danielsen.
The market will run Fridays from June 21 to Aug. 30, noon until 4 p.m.