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Thursday Cobble Hill market arrives as Sunday bids goodbye

After this Sunday, the Cobble Hill Sunday Market is no more.

But Cowichanians are being offered the chance to immediately warm up to a Thursday evening replacement.

Long-time Sunday market manager Sheila Haughain announced her resignation this week from her post as head honcho of the south-end weekend social staple.

“I am sorry to say that it is the end of an era in Cobble Hill,” a heartbroken Haughain wrote in a letter to the News Leader Pictorial.

“There has been a market of some sort at the Cobble Hill Hall for a very long time. Some have traced it back to the mid to early ‘70s. It has been my honour to have managed it for the last six years.

“Unfortunately, the stress of trying to make ends meet after a 33 per cent rent increase has had a detrimental effect on my health and I can no longer continue.”

The Sunday social gathering, yummy local grub and cool used trinkets and all, will shut its doors after June 26.

Haughain said that aside from scooping up fresh eggs, veggies and baking goods, customers could get their watch repaired, buy a fishing fly for grandpa or look over the selection of decorative swords and walking sticks and other creations.

Haughain had hoped Farmers’ Institute members would have fought to keep the Sunday tradition alive and is disappointed that didn’t happen.

“As long as it broke even and didn’t cost me anything to run it, I felt OK,” Haughain said.

“The big thing was the community loved it.”

But the Thursday market means market fans won’t be going without.

Local vegetable producer Linda Billing’s proposal to start a Thursday market swiftly swung through the doors of members of the Farmers’ Institute of Cobble Hill.

The Thursday event opened yesterday and is described as being less focused on arts and crafts, and more on locally produced food.

The Thursday Farmers Market is slotted from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Cobble Hill field in the village every week until Oct. 7.

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