An action plan for the Marché de la Gare

Record Staff

The not-for profit organization that manages Sherbrooke’s Marché de la Gare outdoor market presented its three year plan at Tuesday night’s city council meeting, offering up a vision that refocuses the 13 year old initiative on the idea of being a farmer’s market. Having struggled with various different tourism-focused incarnations since its creation in 2007, the managing corporation says that it now wants to put its energy into providing options for healthy eating and buying local.
Although the plan offers a wide range of proposed actions, some of the key components revolve around reorganizing and redecorating the space. Whereas the market area currently features a few businesses inside the old Canadian Pacific train station along with two large multipurpose gazebos outside and a collection of small cabins that can be rented to individual vendors, organizers are now looking at moving or removing those smaller spaces entirely in favour of a larger party tent that could be put up and taken down as the season demands. This space, in addition to allowing more vendors to sell at the market, would also serve to bring people together more.

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