Cornwall Ontario Downtown Farmers Market No More – DBIA Pulls Plug – May 23, 2013

Cornwall Ontario Downtown Farmers Market No More – DBIA Pulls Plug – May 23, 2013
Coffey's Coffee at the Market
Painting of Reg Coffey at the Cornwall Farmers Market

CFN – Sadly the Downtown Cornwall Farmers Market is no more.   The local DBIA seemed intent to kill it two years ago when local workhorse Gaye Adams was replaced by Tony Lakroix and Keitha Fisher for one year before Mr. Lakroix took over in 2012.

I feel a personal sadness as we all worked hard in the first two years of the market and it had a wonderful informal buzz to it.   Special events, good food, and some great chat were the norm Saturday mornings; and hot donuts from Riley’s bakery across the street which went really well with some fresh ground Coffey’s Coffee.

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CWFM

Doggies Did it at the Market too!

The change in direction by the BIA however alienated many of the original vendors.  Bizarre contracts from Mr. Lakriox scared away new vendors, selling food for wholesalers,  and with almost no marketing support the writing was on the wall which was great news for the Long Sault Market and Seaway Market in the Brick’s parking lot.

Personally I was hoping to see the market evolve and capitalize on the downtown feel as Cornwall is desperate for more action for Pitt Street on weekend.

Sadly the DBIA disagreed and now the market is no more.

What were some of your best memories of the Cornwall Farmer’s Market?  You can post your comments below.

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