Phase II of mar­ket upgrades


Reg­u­lar shop­pers at the farm­ers mar­ket in Simcoe are ad­vised that fewer ven­dors than usual will be on hand this week.

As hap­pened last year, the Nor­folk Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety is tak­ing ad­van­tage of the Nor­folk County Fair va­cancy at the Home­craft build­ing to make needed upgrades.

Once th­ese are fin­ished, in­door ven­dors will re­turn to their nor­mal lo­ca­tions and reg­u­lar rou­tine. Due to the re­pairs, the in­door mar­ket is sched­uled to re- open Oct. 19.

The farm­ers mar­ket makes way ev­ery year for the Nor­folk County Fair by tak­ing the week off. Dur­ing the fair, the Home­craft build­ing is used to show art, quilts, crafts and other ex­hibits.

Last year, out­door ven­dors re­turned to mar­ket ac­tiv­ity the week af­ter the fair. Mean­while, there was no mar­ket ac­tiv­ity in­side while new hand-wash­ing sta­tions and elec­tri­cal wiring were in­stalled.

This year, the up­grade con­sists of resur­fac­ing the old con­crete floor in the Home­craft build­ing.

“This is a land­lord’s up­grad­ing of the build­ing,” says Mark Bo­erkamp, su­per­vi­sor of the mar­ket on be­half of Nor­folk County. “There is no cost to the tax­payer. They are go­ing to do a skim coat of the floor.”

The Home­craft build­ing was con­structed in 1953. The agri­cul­tural so­ci­ety em­barked on a pro­gram of im­prove­ments af­ter the Haldimand-Nor­folk Health Unit cited san­i­ta­tion con­cerns two years ago. One of th­ese con­cerns in­volves the old floor in the Home­craft build­ing.

When it comes to food prepa­ra­tion and vend­ing, health units like smooth sur­faces that can be eas­ily and com­pletely ster­il­ized. A cracked, spalling floor pro­vides po­ten­tially-dan­ger­ous bac­te­ria with places to hide.

As hap­pened last year, the usual lineup of out­door ven­dors will be on hand this Thurs­day to re­ceive shop­pers. The mar­ket re­turns to nor­mal in its en­tirety Oct. 19.

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