In the summer months, Thursday afternoons in Yaletown have become synonymous with perusing the food stalls at the weekly farmers’ market, which takes over a stretch of Mainland Street from 2 to 6 p.m.
While the market has been running successfully for three years, the Vancouver Farmers’ Market (VFM) has just announced that it will be moving the market to Queen Elizabeth Plaza (649 Cambie Street at Georgia) in June of this year.
VFM made the decision to relocate the market after a small group of Yaletown merchants filed a lawsuit against the Yaletown BIA for agreeing to host a weekly farmers market in the downtown neighbourhood.
“We’re sad and disappointed to have to leave Yaletown, but it feels like we’re being forced out,” said Carla Shore, Chair of VFM’s Board of Directors, in a press release. “We were hoping that the BIA and those few merchants could reach a positive resolution that benefited all parties. As that hasn’t happened, the farmers’ market has no other choice but to leave.”
The market, which attracts over 4000 shoppers to Yaletown every week, will go on as planned to kick of the VFM’s summer season at 2 p.m. Thursday May 5, and continue to run at 1200 Mainland through the month of May. Then, if all goes well the VFM hopes to open the relocated Yaletown Farmers’ Market at Queen Elizabeth Plaza on June 2.