creating space for community to interact, to be sustainable, to be diverse and inclusive, and to grow is the core of the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Co-op.
the SJFM does three main things: first and most visible is the Markets - the changing hub of consumers and local farmers, producers, makers, and community that come together on Freshwater Road for weekly Saturday markets and seasonally for Friday, Sunday and specialty markets.
less visible but just as important is the role the SJFM plays as space for local companies to get established and grow. the Markets provide sales venues for local producers and makers to earn. it helps local businesses and organizations come alive and stay alive.
and the SJFM Co-op is a social enterprise that manages the City-owned 'St. John's Community Market' facility space that it rents for events. revenue helps support Market activities.
the Market is a go-to destination in the capital. veg, bread, meat, coffee, yoga, gifts, treats, soaps, kids activities, plays, workshops, food – it’s all there in one glorious euphonic cacophony of community of buyers and sellers at 245 Freshwater Road - the former Metrobus depot.
it's been around for awhile. after a successful one-off farmers’ market in downtown St. John’s in 2008, the St John’s Farmers’ Market began running weekly markets, then incorporated as a nonprofit in 2010 - just in time to feed and fuel the City’s ‘locavore’ appetite. in 2018 the move to the old Metrobus Facility brought big opportunities that continue to unfold.
but out front is the Market, where lovers-of-lovely-things find their weekly supply of fresh local produce (in-season), local meat and eggs, preserves, jams, jellies, home-made multi-ethnic foods, waffles, sweets, pastries, baked goods, breadstuffs, art, photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, body care products, soaps, flowers, cheese and dairy products, fruit, berries, yoga classes, friends, kid’s crafts and more.
the SJFM Co-op is governed by its members (vendor and consumer) through an elected board, team of staff, and a diverse team of volunteers. change is the only constant, and there is always something new to see, to taste, to do.
check out a bit of history with this vid from thegreenrock.ca in 2011.