Farmers' Wellness Market Survey

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The Farmers’ Wellness Market located at the VG site of the QEII, now managed by Nutrition and Food Services, will be returning June 8, 2018. We know this will be welcome news for staff and community members who have come to frequent the market over the years.

Nutrition and Food Services has been working closely with vendors to prepare for the market’s return and are excited to bring back this Friday favourite.

Vendors have provided feedback that shoppers are eager to shop earlier in the morning and traffic drops off after 1 p.m. With that in mind, the market’s NEW hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will be outdoors during the summer months, except when the weather is particularly messy, when it will move indoors to the Scotia Room restaurant, Centennial Building, VG site, QEII.

The Farmers’ Wellness Market aligns well with NSHA’s newly launched Healthy Eating Policy, and Nutrition and Food Services’ mandate to support greater access to healthy, locally sourced food. Over the next three years, we will gradually move toward offering a greater percentage of healthy foods at the Farmers’ Market.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback by answering our questions below. See you at the market!

The Farmers’ Wellness Market located at the VG site of the QEII, now managed by Nutrition and Food Services, will be returning June 8, 2018. We know this will be welcome news for staff and community members who have come to frequent the market over the years.

Nutrition and Food Services has been working closely with vendors to prepare for the market’s return and are excited to bring back this Friday favourite.

Vendors have provided feedback that shoppers are eager to shop earlier in the morning and traffic drops off after 1 p.m. With that in mind, the market’s NEW hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will be outdoors during the summer months, except when the weather is particularly messy, when it will move indoors to the Scotia Room restaurant, Centennial Building, VG site, QEII.

The Farmers’ Wellness Market aligns well with NSHA’s newly launched Healthy Eating Policy, and Nutrition and Food Services’ mandate to support greater access to healthy, locally sourced food. Over the next three years, we will gradually move toward offering a greater percentage of healthy foods at the Farmers’ Market.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback by answering our questions below. See you at the market!

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  • My only issue is with the market closing at 1..there are several people, including myself and others in this office, don't get lunch until 1, would be great to have it extended until 1:30. I love the market and wish there was a weekly email letting us know of the vendors, especially with new people coming aboard

    clarker asked 6 months ago

    Hi there. Thanks for providing this feedback. The reason we changed the hours to close at 1 p.m. is that we heard from the vendors that business significantly dropped off after 1 and that they would prefer to close at 1 p.m. for this reason. We are working on a plan to increase the number of vendors and to promote the market more broadly. If we were to see a significant increase in business generally, we could explore with the vendors the possibility of extending hours to 1:30 to accommodate staff lunch hours. We will certainly keep this feedback on our radar for future.

  • Why is Noggins Farm no longer at the Market. They have produce that Elmridge doesn't have. There is no promotion of when cafeteria services will provide food at the market -- every time I went this year, there was no BBQ from the cafeteria, the mushroom or meat burger, with the great bun was a huge draw. The market is a mere shell of its previous self and doesn't inspire people to go shop. What happened to the people that sold the herb and other plants? I used to promote the Market to people who work downtown and tell them it was worth making a trip to the VGH for lunch and to buy fresh and local -- not anymore. The loss of Pat's Preserves was a huge loss -- he also carried product from other vendors that couldn't always attend (Kimchi!).

    Cynthia Fox asked 6 months ago

    Hi Cynthia. Both Noggins and the vendor who sold spaces made business decisions not to return. We would certainly welcome them back if they decided to return in future. I believe Pat of Pat's Preserves has retired. We will aim to do a better job of promoting the vendors we expect weekly (including the BBQ in the summer). We are also seeking out additional vendors to make the market more robust. Thanks for taking the time to offer feedback.