Market to return to Minden
By Chad Ingram
The Haliburton County Farmers' Association plans to return to Minden next season.
2015 was the first year the
association, which runs successful markets in Carnarvon and
Haliburton Village, set up shop in Minden.
The market ran in the municipal parking lot each Saturday for 11 weeks, beginning in late June.
“We are pleased with how the market went,” said president Angel Taylor, indicating the board wished to continue with the hosting of a Minden location next season.
The Minden market brought in a total of nearly $77,000 during the summer, less than its counterparts, but they ran for more weeks.
The Tuesday market in Haliburton Village, for example, ran for 22 weeks, and generated nearly $200,000.
The Minden market had an average of between 15 and 18 vendors per week. Its lowest vendor count was 12 and occurred on Aug. 22, the same day the Haliburton County Garlic Growers' Association's Garlicfest was held in Stanhope.
“Garlicfest did draw away a number of our vendors and customers,” Taylor said.
She said merchant feedback was generally positive. There were a few suggestions, including clearer signage as the township held an artisans' marketplace at the cultural centre on the same Saturdays.
Taylor also suggested the times for the farmers' market and artisans' market be synced up, as this year the artisans' market ran from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the famers' market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
She also suggested the possibility of combining the two markets, but noted for the farmers' market to maintain its status, it must be comprised of at least 50 per cent agricultural features.
While operators of a farmers' market in Kinmount had expressed concern earlier in the year that a market in Minden may steal some of there business, board member Fay Martin said surveys were taken and that customers were largely local, not drawing from Kinmount's clientele.
“I can assure Kinmount that we did not steal their patrons,” Martin said.
Reeve Brent Devolin said the township is supportive of the market running in Minden again.