Farmers’ Markets Ontario is your one-stop shop for everything from liability insurance to personalized advice on management, marketing and professional development.

As a member, you not only gain access to expert knowledge and advice, you gain a powerful ally that will advocate on your behalf with municipalities, regulators and potential funders to help ensure the health and sustainability of your market.

The twelve people on our volunteer Board of Directors offer unique skills and expertise.

The Board of Directors of Farmers’ Markets Ontario is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Clark as Executive Director of FMO, effective April 1, 2017. She replaces Robert Chorney, the FMO founder who is retiring after more than 25 years at the helm of the association, which now has 182 member markets across the province.

Catherine has been with Farmers’ Markets Ontario in various capacities since its infancy, and has played an important part in its growth and diversification since 1992. Over the years, she has been involved in every aspect of the organization: operations, administration, education, promotion and finance. For the past several years, she has actively managed FMO’s three key programs: MyPick® Verified Local Farmers®, MyMarket® Verified Local Farmers’ Markets® and FMO’s market insurance offered in conjunction with the Co-operators. She has worked closely with farmer vendors as well as market managers and leaders, helping them with training, technical services and business advice. In recent years, she has also taken the lead with FMO’s marketing, communications and social media specialists. She is a Director with the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention and Treasurer of Horticultural Crops Ontario.

We recognize how a public/farmers’ market contributes to the soul of a community, and his inspiring message helps motivate community leaders to take the necessary steps to make a Farmers’ Market part of their success story.

  • reorganization
  • rejuvenation
  • complete operations review
  • organizational design and governance models
  • strategic planning
  • developing a marketing plan
  • vendor recruitment and training
  • determining proper vendor mix
  • budgeting
  • fund-raising
  • market rules
  • market bylaws and constitution
  • hiring a market manager
  • taking the step from seasonal farmers’ market to year-round public market
  • dealing with City Hall and other government departments

More than 200 years ago, in 1780, Kingston became home to the first Farmers’ Market in Ontario. As pioneers settled the rest of the province, the popularity of these markets grew. Their numbers increased continuously until the 1970s when malls began to rule and downtown shopping started a serious decline.

Thanks in part to Farmers’ Markets Ontario® and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs that trend is reversing itself today. Local business and community groups in every nook and cranny of Ontario are forming community partnerships with municipal governments and farmers, creating a resurgence in Farmers’ Markets that would make our ancestors proud.

Today, Ontario leads the way in Canada in terms of sharing information to aid the renaissance of Farmers’ Markets all across the country. Other provinces are catching the spirit, as the word of Ontario’s success story spreads.

This rejuvenation in Ontario began in the 1980s and in 1991, the enthusiastic organization, Farmers’ Markets Ontario®, was established. The number of markets increased from a low of sixty in the 1980s to three times that number today. New markets are being established and old markets are being revitalized as shoppers across the province discover a more personal shopping experience.

Today, Farmers’ Markets are as popular as ever in Ontario. If you haven’t already been to one, head on down to your local farmers’ market and see what all the excitement is about.

EXECUTIVE

Chair
Jay Howell
Guelph Farmers’ Market
519-448-1323
brantviewapples@sympatico.ca

Vice-Chair
Bryan Corner
Lindsay Farmers’ Market
705-878-1392
bryguyc@hotmail.com

Treasurer
Alix Aitken
Cambridge Farmers’ Market
519-740-4680 ext. 4252
aitkena@cambridge.ca

Secretary
Henriet DeBruin
Thunder Bay Country Market
807-475-7545
hfdebruin@gmail.com

At-Large
Erin McLean
Lakefied Farmers’ Market
705-657-1630
erin.m@live.ca

DIRECTORS – EAST

Bryan Corner
Lindsay Farmers’ Market
705-878-1392
bryguyc@hotmail.com

Erin McLean
Lakefiled Farmers’ Market
705-657-1630
erin.m@live.ca

Dan Sheedy
Pembroke Farmers’ Market
613-646-7878
dannymo@nrtco.net

DIRECTORS – WEST

Alix Aitken
Cambridge Farmers’ Market
519-740-4680 ext. 4252
aitkena@cambridge.ca

Jay Howell
Guelph Farmers’ Market
519-448-1323
brantviewapples@sympatico.ca

Kim Feere
Kitchener Farmers’ Market
519-741-2200 ext. 5223
kim.feere@kitchener.ca

DIRECTORS – NORTH

Larry Craig
Riverside Farmers’ Market (New Liskeard)
705-647-4878
dlcraig@ntl.sympatico.ca

Wayne Chalmers
North Bay Farmers’ Market
705-723-1782
springhillfarms2010@hotmail.com

Henriet DeBruin
Thunder Bay Country Market
807-475-7545
email: debruin@tbaytel.net

DIRECTORS – CENTRAL

Stacey Dunnigan
Guelph Farmers’ Market
519-822-1260 ext. 2533
stacey.dunnigan@guelph.ca

Anne Durst
Pelham Farmers’ Market
905-892-8999
bry-annefarms@bellnet.ca

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Catherine Clark
Executive Director
54 Bayshore Road
Brighton, ON K0K 1H0
613-475-4769 / 800-387-3276
fmo@farmersmarketsontario.com