Farmers’ market gets approval for grounds of Parksville Museum

It's on a trial basis this year and the first one is scheduled for Friday, July 11

There will be a farmers’ market on the grounds of the Parksville Museum on Friday evenings this summer, starting July 11.

City council gave the go-ahead Monday to what they called a trial period for the operation, but not without some debate and a couple of dissenting voices.

Members of the Parksville and District Historical Society made a pitch — their second in the past month — to have the city change their lease to allow for the market. Society president Peter Kawerau told council they have met with neighbours like the chamber of commerce and Craig Bay residents and feel they have taken or will take measures to address concerns over traffic, parking and garbage.

“We are sensitive to all the concerns raised,” Kawerau told council. “As for as we’re concerned, the stage is set, the grounds are prepared and we are ready.”

Kawerau said the society has commitments from 30 farmers, but the addition of artisans to the mix when there are others markets in the city featuring artisans had councillors Sue Powell and Marc Lefebvre concerned.

“I want to see it be a farmers’ market, first and foremost,” said Lefebvre. “I won’t support it if there are artisans in there.”

Said Mayor Chris Burger, in response: “I think of it as a trial, so I’m not all that concerned.”

The motion to change the society’s lease passed 5-2, with Powell and Lefebvre opposed.

Just Posted

2019 Federal election: Courtenay-Alberni candidates address seniors issues

“What are your party’s plans to ease the stress realized by seniors on fixed incomes?”

WATCH: Jordan now a key member on staff at Parksville business

Disability Awareness Month celebrated around province

RDN wants to play role in Ballenas track upgrade

Bringing dilapidated facility up to standard could cost close to $1M

Qualicum Beach joins in on global climate strike

Participants urge government to adequately address climate crisis

Coombs athlete, 91, brings home five gold medals from 55+ BC Games

Buschhaus now has 217 career senior games medals

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Island music trivia tournament a hit on World Alzheimer’s Day

More than $13,000 raised by people naming that tune

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Most Read