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Farmer’s Market planted in city square for another five years

The Duncan Farmer’s Market operates year-round downtown in city square. - Andrew Leong/file
The Duncan Farmer’s Market operates year-round downtown in city square.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

The "largest farm market on Vancouver Island" will continue to thrive in Duncan's city square for another five years.

The Duncan Business Improvement Association and Duncan Farmer’s Market recently reached another five-year arrangement meaning patrons can continue their unique shopping on Saturdays, picking up the best of Cowichan Valley farm produce, food products and artisan crafts.

"Downtown Duncan boasts some of the most unique shopping and personalized service to be found on Vancouver Island and the over 100 market vendors that make up the Duncan Farmer’s Market are a perfect extension of that theme," stated a DBIA press release. "We are truly blessed to be nestled in such a bountiful valley where so many are able to 'make it, bake it, grow it' and where, the discriminating consumer is able to select from such a variety of the highest quality products."

The DBIA and Duncan Farmer’s Market have grasped the benefit of working together and have spent many hours creating a scenario that does the trick when it comes to traffic flow, parking and access to businesses.

"As the market attracts so many and truly enhances the downtown vibrancy, merchants generously make concessions to their normal routines to embrace the energetic atmosphere," a press release stated.

"The new contract through to 2018 is truly a win for all involved – the downtown business community, the Duncan Farmer’s Market, the City of Duncan, the residents of the Cowichan Valley and indeed the Island."

The agreement will be formally signed Thursday at 1 p.m. at the City Square Stage.

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