Comment 47676

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted September 14, 2010 at 10:02:07

As a Hamilton Market customer, I've noticed even the "real" farmers are not selling 100 percent local products.

There isn't, never has been, and will never be a requirement that market stalls serve only fresh, local, in-season foods from local farmers. And there shouldn't be. Punishing the market for not living up to these ideals is downright moronic, since there isn't another institution which sells more of it until you get to Guelph.

The value of the market goes way beyond just local food. It's about providing vendors an opportunity to sell goods without the massive overhead that comes with owning/running a store. Some sell produce - some sell soap and candy. Both are valuable. Look at the Makers Market.

Quite frankly, the only successful vendors at the mall are the market folks. A much better choice would be to open up even more stalls in some of the many vacant areas.

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