up a carrot,” said Pardy, “I (asked), ‘Where does this carrot come from?’
‘It comes from Brazil.’”
from there, they knew there was something to be done about making locally grown
vegetables available to the public and to restaurants.
plan was to use the site of FMIC as farmland itself. It grew into a farm and
market system, which uses vendors to sell locally grown crops, in addition to
crafts, and other food.
probably the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in my life,” said Pardy.
hardly any room at the Clarenville Inn on Monday as the non-profit FMIC held
its information session for vendors — a sign that must have been very
who came out to hear about the details of FMIC, they were given intricately
detailed information on policies and regulations for the farmers, craftspeople
and food operators who may become vendors at the location.
much of the guidelines were taken from the St. John’s Farmers Market, which was
a great help in establishing FMIC thus far.
Durfey of Ripple Trail Farm in Markland is one of the potential vendors who attended
at the Farmers Market in St. John’s and says this could mean another avenue for
her to sell her crops.
product that we can sell directly to the consumer, the better for our
business,” said Durfey.
is another potential vendor who sells sea salt “straight from Trinity Bay.”
business, Pure Sea Salt based out of New Harbour, represents some of variety,
which could be seen at FMIC.
looking for a market to try and get to the tourist trade,” George told TC
Media. “I think this could be a gateway down to the Bonavista Peninsula. It’s
an ideal opportunity and location for me to expand production and get my
product out there.”
manager Krista Chatman will handle much of the duties pertaining to the vendors
and stressed the importance of community.
outlined the online registration process and answered questions on the market’s
rules and guidelines.
we’ll make it work,” said Chatman.
is scheduled to open on June 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and continue every
Saturday until Dec. 16.
vice-chairwoman Kathryn Small says they hope vendors have a better
understanding of what to expect going forward.
Lori Hann, of Ability Employment and chief financial officer for FMIC, told TC
Media the session was the result of plenty of work, hammering out the details
pleased with the large turnout.
success for it is to have the vendors interested,” said Small. “So we wanted to
generate some interest.”