Vanier farmers market not opening this summer
Market was to move into a new location this year
A popular farmers market in Vanier has been cancelled for the summer because of a lack of vendors.
The market, run by the Vanier Business Improvement Area, was going to move into a new location this year after running for five years at the corner of Hanna Street and Montreal Road.
Many farmers say they were caught off-guard by the sudden announcement.
"All of a sudden it was cancelled, it was quite the shock to everybody," said Cheryl Cadrin of Rock 'n' Root Farm, who ran a stand at the Vanier Farmers Market for four years.
"It's a disappointment to not only vendors who participate, but the community loses."
Cadrin said she and other farmers were notified by email this past Tuesday that the market would be shut down.
Flooded fields kept some farmers away
Suzanne Valiquet of the Vanier B.I.A. said the market is run at a break-even cost and not enough vendors came forward this year to make it financially viable.
She said some farmers who normally sell at the market had flooded fields this summer and did not have as many goods to sell.
Valiquet also said the growing number of farmers markets in Ottawa affected the Vanier market.
"Let's face it, there's a real plethora of farmers markets in Ottawa now. There's just so many markets that a farmer can attend to," said Valiquet.
The BIA was also asking for more money from vendors this year to help offset the cost of supplying staff and supplies for the market.
"The price that we charge is probably the lowest in the city," said Valiquet.
Some farmers who normally sell at the market, including Cadrin, said they will suffer some financial losses this year if they can't find other venues to sell their goods.