Feb. 26, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The province has purchased the Boyce Farmers' Market from York County Properties for $1.1 million, Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty announced today.
"We are very pleased to have reached an agreement on such a significant property," said Doherty. "The Boyce Farmers' Market is an institution in Fredericton, and we are pleased it will continue to be used as a place for the buying and selling of goods, and as a favourite Saturday morning meeting place."
The province will lease the market to the City of Fredericton, which will oversee its operations as a not-for-profit corporation that will operate and manage the market. Until then, York County Properties will continue to operate the market.
"There is no question that the Boyce Farmers' Market is an important Fredericton icon, and I am pleased that this Saturday morning tradition will remain in our downtown," said Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside. "A not-for-profit corporation will be formed to manage the market and its related infrastructure. From the public's perspective, the way the market has been is the way it will be."
The market has been in operation since 1951.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ashley Bursey, communications, Communications New Brunswick, 506-457-7903, or cellular: 506-461-0942; Wayne Knorr, communications, City of Fredericton, 506-460-2181.