Brussels Farmers' Market poised for May 18 opening at new home - April 26, 2018
BY DEB SHOLDICE
The Brussels Farmers’ Market will be moved into the Four Winds Barn this year and will run from May 18 to Oct. 5. A vendors’ meeting was held at the Four Winds Barn on Wednesday, April 18 to outline the changes to the market for the 2018 season.
Market organizers Barb Terpstra and Kathy Stephenson outlined the new market schedule. The biggest change will be moving the majority of the market indoors to the lower level of the Four Winds Barn, allowing the vendors to operate no matter what the weather brings. This change comes after years of the market being held just south of the LCBO on the village’s main street.
Each vendor can book a 10’ x 10’ space (with or without hydro), either in the barn or in the courtyard outside. Season-long vendors will get their first choice of spots.
With the market moving under the umbrella of the Four Winds Barn organization this year, HST will have to be charged on the vendor fees, which is a new cost for vendors. Terpstra pointed out that any business who is HST registered will get that back.
Terpstra and Stephenson stressed that all food vendors need to have a completed market vendor application form from the Huron County Health Unit in order to sell at the market. The health unit website has all the information for vendors, and everyone is encouraged to visit huronhealthunit.ca or call because the rules are changing this year.
One of the new rules that may affect vendors is that anyone handing out samples must have the Safe Food Handling Course. Vendors are also responsible to make sure that all packaging and labelling is complete and compliant.
The vendors voted to keep the 2-6 p.m. hours the market has kept for several years. Terpstra encouraged everyone to keep track of the number of early-birds and latecomers in order to consider extending the hours in the future.
Despite rumours to the contrary, vendors will not be able to leave items in the barn between markets. Due to insurance and liability concerns, the organizers require the space cleared after each week’s market.
Stephenson told the vendors there will be weekly entertainment and organizers are advertising the event. They have also approached the Rollin’ Roaster (Scott Saunders) to provide hot meals throughout the season and are seeking other prepared food vendors.
After the meeting, the vendors were given the opportunity to tour the new space and many took advantage to claim booth space.
Organizers are hoping to expand the market and are looking for more vendors. Anyone interested in becoming part of the Brussels Farmers’ Market can contact Stephenson at 226-889-2276.