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Province buys Fredericton farmers’ market

A “Saturday morning tradition” in downtown Fredericton is to stay put now that the province has bought a well-known farmers’ market and its site from its not-for-profit operators.

New Brunswick Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty announced Thursday that the province has paid $1.1 million to buy the W.W. Boyce Farmers’ Market from York County Properties, the non-profit organization that now operates the facility.

The market, which has operated in Fredericton since 1951, runs year-round in its building at the corner of Regent and George Streets, where vendors offer local meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, maple syrup, and cuisine including samosas, barbecue, assorted baking and breakfasts, as well as artists’ wares.

The market generally focuses on accommodating vendors from the New Brunswick counties of York, Sunbury and Queens, and offers stalls within its building, in an adjacent canopied area and in its parking lot.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement on such a significant property,” Doherty said in a release. “The Boyce Farmers’ Market is an institution in Fredericton, and we are pleased it will continue to be used as a place for the buying and selling of goods, and as a favourite Saturday morning meeting place.”

The province will lease the market to the City of Fredericton, which plans to form a new not-for-profit corporation that will operate and manage the market and its “related infrastructure.” Until then, the province said, York County Properties will continue to operate the market.

“From the public’s perspective, the way the market has been is the way it will be,” Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside said in the province’s release.

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