Local farmers and the Peterborough Regional Farmers Network (PRFN) put out a call on May 19th for the community to rally support for a new farmers’ market, and after several offers of new locations it has accepted the offer from Brad Smith, President and CEO of AON Inc., to locate the new Saturday farmers’ market to the AON Citi Centre courtyard in downtown Peterborough.
The new market will be called the Peterborough Region Farmers’ Market, and will be all local growers: “The public can arrive every Saturday and shop with confidence because local farmers will be clearly identified,” says Astrid Manske, PRFN Board member and owner of OtonaBEE Apiary.
AON Citi Centre property is located on the corner of Charlotte and Aylmer in downtown Peterborough, and the site is large enough to hold a considerable number of vendors. In addition, nearby parking is plentiful and free on Saturdays.
The site has many other advantages too, including the newly renovated public library up the street, the main City bus station located within a two-minute walk, and many people can walk or bike to the new location. In the future, the Citi Centre site will have the new Louis Street Urban Park on one side and the revitalized Bethune street project on the other.
"Farmers markets work great in downtowns and this announcement just makes our downtown even more out of the ordinary,” says Terry Guiel, executive director of the DBIA. Peterborough Region Farmers’ Market will officially kick off Saturday, June 9th, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.