It will be like the St. Lawrence Market, only closer to home. -- Marlene Werry
, Region of Durham
Marlene Werry, the Region's manager of economic development for agriculture and rural affairs, says an indoor market could be up and running by spring 2014.
The plan includes a 60,000-square foot building with cold and dry storage, serveries, commercial kitchen, a food court and children's play area.
"It will be like the St. Lawrence Market, only closer to home.
We want it to become a real meeting place for the community," Ms. Werry
"This is another way to make agriculture sustainable in Durham," Ms. Werry
"We have young farmers that want to come into the family operation and this gives them another place to sell their products."
The steering committee is still working on governance and funding models, but Ms. Werry
said the market will likely be run as a co-op and funded by members who buy shares.