City politicians may have identified a solution to one of the obstacles standing in the way of growth at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market.
Councillor Jason Farr suggests using $15,000 in farmers’ market marketing cash to fund six months of validated parking for customers. The plan was discussed during a subcommittee meeting this morning, and still requires support from City Council in the new year.
Subcommittee members have also voted to establish a governance model that includes stallholders, the city and the public as they look for ways to rejuvenate the 175-year-old market.
Stallholders have complained their business has dipped significantly since the market underwent a major renovation in 2010.
They believe a lack of validated parking and competition from the new grocery store in Jackson Square are factors.