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Farmers’ market split worries mayor

Mayor Peter Kelly says he’s concerned about a split in merchants over the new location of Halifax’s farmers’ market.

On Saturday, the brand-new location on Marginal Road at Pier 20 will host its first-ever market. But a number of vendors — between 60 and 70 — will remain at the Keith’s brewery to hock their wares.

“The reason, rationale for the investment (in the new location), was to enable a more focused attention and a sustainable approach to the farmers’ market,” Kelly said. “Council felt that this was the way in which to go in.”

Kelly said the municipality has received plenty of positive feedback on the new market location, adding that once dissenting vendors get a look at the space, they may change their mind.

“I think people after a while will see what opportunities are there and what the daily marketplace will bring,” he said.

Coun. Jennifer Watts requested on Tuesday that staff investigate what the municipality can do to support buying local.

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