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Farmers' Market, Ideas Inc., and Market Square

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The adaptive reuse of the former electrical garage and offices into the new home for the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market and Ideas Inc. business incubator is now complete. The Market Square was also completed with the official opening held in September.

The city’s former electrical garage was renovated to form an indoor farmers’ market and public market. New doors and the use of existing skylights provide natural light for the indoor market, while keeping a link with the past.

Adjacent to the facility, the “Market Square” with its distinctive and welcoming sign, allows for summer outdoor markets and special events. . The Market Square includes a unique and fascinating interpretative feature that highlights the history of the former Immigration Hall that once was located on the site. The “Market Square Storytelling Chairs” are a series of stainless steel chairs that have images and vignettes of life at the Hall. The feature received the Award of Merit in Collaborative Category from the Design Council of Saskatchewan in 2007.

The location of this square combined with the Farmers’ Market and the “Market Walk,” form an attractive and always-changing gathering place.

River Landing offers the Market a permanent, year-round home in a beautiful setting, while providing Saskatoon residents with ready access to high-quality food from local producers. For more information on the Saskatoon Farmers Market, check out their website.

Attached to the south end of the Farmers' Market building, another renovated structure has been turned into a Business Centre, Ideas Inc., to include a business incubator to help young businesses grow, and to create new jobs. Ideas Inc., in partnership with Open Door Society, International women, the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, and Saskatoon Folkfest have launched the "International Market Program". For more information, visit them online: www.saskideas.com.

Last updated November 16, 2009

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