by Mike Robinson.
Despite impassioned pleas from Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market president Blair Moch, Puslinch council has not altered the township’s financial agreement with the market.
Prior to the discussion, councillor Matthew Bulmer declared a conflict of interest and stepped aside, as he provides services to the market.
Moch said she was last before council in December updating council on the past season’s challenges and successes. Her visit to council on April 19 was in regard to the market lease for the next four years.
“Farmers markets have a direct impact on rural economic development; by their very nature farmers markets create a direct link between the urban consumer and the rural producer,” Moch said.
“We are a local-only, farmers-first market run by the farmers market association, and a non-profit organization run by a volunteer board of directors.”
She added 2017 marks the seventh season of operation.