Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

November 10, 2008 15:18 ET

Government of Canada Supports Farmers' Markets Across the Country

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2008) - The Government of Canada is proud to support a national network for farmers' markets that will not only support producers' development and growth but help boost our rural economies as well. Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, on behalf of Gerry Ritz, Federal Agriculture Minister, reiterated the Government's commitment to supporting farmers at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario, on November 10th, 2008.

"Farmers' markets are part of the heart and soul of this country, and our Government is proud to have helped establish a national network that is supporting their development and growth," said Mr. Lauzon. "These markets are an excellent way for farmers to grow their businesses while boosting our rural economies."

Farmers' Markets Ontario is creating a new organization, to be known as Farmers' Markets Canada (FMC), which will look at national issues impacting farmers' markets across Canada and undertake activities to increase the number of farmers' markets. It will also develop a network of industry and community partners to share knowledge and expertise, and find community/industry-driven solutions to support national and rural economic development.

The new organization is also conducting a market study to develop a profile of shoppers and vendors at farmers' markets. Their recommendations will be developed and the results shared with provincial and territorial partners by February 2009.

"We envision a future where every Canadian has easy access to a farmers' market," said Robert Chorney, Chair of the FMC Board of Directors and Executive Director of Farmers' Markets Ontario. "We know the demand is there and now FMC will work hard to make this objective a reality."

For more information on ACAAF, visit www.agr.gc.ca/acaaf.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Margaux Stastny
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059
    or
    Farmers' Markets Canada
    Brent Warner
    Interim Executive Director
    250-655-0479
    250-208-3940 (cell)