Downtown Farmers Market Launches



June 25, 2013
Downtown Winnipeg – Downtown is about to get even friendlier, fresh, and flavourful this summer – with the launch of a farmers market spanning July 4 to September 5 on Thursdays from 11:30AM to 5:30PM at the Manitoba Hydro Plaza by Edmonton Street and Graham Avenue.
Spearheaded by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ with support from the City of Winnipeg, Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, Manitoba Hydro, and CentreVenture, this Downtown Farmers Market will include a hearty selection of local produce and crafts. From homemade Mexican salsas, Bavarian pretzels, bison meat, preserves, baked pies, tomatoes, apples, sweet corn, mukluks, and floral photography greeting cards – these are but a few of the many reasons why Winnipeggers should check out this new and exciting downtown marketplace. In addition, performers from Folklorama, Manito Ahbee, and Studio 393 will entertain guests with music, a friendship dance, and breakdancing.
“This downtown farmers market is yet another reason for our BIZ members and their employees and customers, as well as local residents, to enjoy summer downtown,” says Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “When we purchase local, we are also promoting a sense of place and pride for Winnipeg. It makes us feel better connected to our community. When we connect with others and value commodities, especially local ones – it creates more opportunities for local business. People want to support sustainably grown products.”
“I could not be more thrilled to support this important initiative for our city’s core,” said Councillor Mike Pagtakhan. “With a resurgence of people in our downtown and inner city, there is a need for more food options. A farmers market located downtown is a value added, and brings us one step closer to our vision for a truly walkable and dense community – one connected to meaningful services and amenities.”
According to Farmers’ Markets Canada, farmers’ markets generated $3 billion in economic activity in 2008. There is a demonstrated demand for these markets and for fresh, seasonal and local produce. Farmers’ markets not only help support the local economy, they reduce transportation costs and food waste. They also help to create a unique destination for downtown residents, office workers, students, and tourists – adding vibrancy to our streets and sidewalks and attracting business for downtown stores and restaurants nearby.
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For more information, contact:
Jason Syvixay
Leader, Strategic Initiatives & Public Relations
(204) 958-4635