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'It will be missed' - Fort Frances farmers' market closing after 25 years

The Clover Valley Farmers' Market in Fort Frances, Ont. will open for the last time this Easter weekend.
The 4000 square foot building that hosts the weekly Saturday morning Clover Valley Farmers' Market in Fort Frances, Ont. is being sold. The market is closing for good after the Easter weekend. (
AFter 25 years, the Clover Valley Farmers Market in Fort Frances is closing it's doors. Colin Neilson chairs the Market Board. 6:28

After more than 25 years of connecting local food producers and shoppers, the Clover Valley Farmers' Market in Fort Frances, Ont. is closing.

In recent years the number of vendors, and buyers at the market have been dwindling, said board chair Colin Neilson, and the weekly market has become too expensive to maintain. 

"Really the revenue has just not exceeded expenses the last number of years," he said. 

Vendors are also finding new ways to market and sell their wares, including online, and at other events, said Neilson, adding that the closure of the market should not be taken as a sign of diminishing interest in local food in Fort Frances. 

While the market has run its course, it's sad to see the end of something that's served as an important gathering place over so many years, he added.

"It's meant a lot," he said. "It will be missed." 

The Clover Valley Farmers' Market will open for the last time on Easter weekend. The building and land at the site will be put up for sale. 


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