Keep Farmers Market in Yaletown - Stand up against the big 18 businesses taking it down
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WE ARE ASKING THE NAMED 18 COMPANIES TO WITHDRAW THEIR LEGAL ACTION ON THE YALETOWN BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION ASKING THE FARMERS MARKET TO SHUT DOWN ON MAINLAND STREET
We love the farmers market! For a few short hours each week, Mainland Street in Yaletown, Vancouver hosts a piece of country paradise with the farmers market selling farm fresh foods, bakery items, hand made artisanal products, free range eggs and meats. It's a small heaven of country living where hard working city living residents starved for interaction with nature or community have a moment to savour a country style market meeting the producers and farmers that have passion in their products and goods.
Eighteen businesses in the area have filed legal action against the Yaletown Business Improvement Association to move the market and another location.
They claim they were not properly notified or involved in the consultation process for the market.
They also didn't ask the neighboring residents how much they love the moments in a week where they can enjoy interacting with vendors, experiment and taste produce or homemade jams, jellies, spirits, honey or breads.
They didn't realize or see what community really is.
Business in Vancouver published the names of 18 neighboring businesses part of the legal suit. See below.
Inevitably, the Vancouver Famers Market, representing these small artisanal makers and farmers, chose not to battle against the courts and searched out it's new location at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
We don't want to walk there is the key message.
It's not our neighborhood.
This is wrong simply because a handful of businesses found the farmers market to be a 'nuisance' an interruption. I can tell you one plaintiff is a nightclub closed during the hours of the market. The other restaurant establishments have wait lists to be seated in any way if you want a table, and further the small few clients that many of the construction companies, hair salons and retail stores should be embracing this movement of community. A neighboring restaurant is sad to see the market shut down saying that customers saunter in for cocktails and snacks after a visit to the market. They also buy fresh produce and other ingredients for that night's tomato sauces. Should the market stay, they even want to sell homemade food products made fresh by their chef.
The logic in the closure and forced legal action is not that it's unfair, it's not right.
YALETOWN NEEDS SMALL NEIGHBORHOOD FEEL
Yaletown is known as a community with it's upscale shops, trendy boutiques and restaurants with a more than occasional sighting of Ferraris and Bentleys. On Friday's it turns into its party central. For a moment, the market brings a different community of reprieve in, almost magical and country like in world class cities like San Francisco, and New York City. It brings a piece of Napa Valley and Europe and markets to our front doors.
WHAT THE MARKET MEANS TO SOME PEOPLE
KIDS NEED TO KNOW WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM
We spoke to a woman who lives in Yaletown suffering from long-term illness. She said, "I love the farmers market because it's on my front door, and for a moment, I can step out and interact, walk among people buying produce for dinner, taste a pastry and be part of the world where normally the world is so fast paced. I can't travel anymore. This is bringing travel to me". This woman touched my heart and a tear to my soul what it really means to some people. For some a place to stroll their babies, tourists to lovingly yonder and discover a local neighborhood, for the fashionistas on the way or back from yoga, to buy their gourmet dressings and designer popsicles or just regular people walking to and from their regular routines, kids to explore their world of produce and taste samples. The foot traffic is such a nice vibe from the regular street cars and dump trucks and fast paced panic disorder of those racing around. Yaletown should be car free as far as we're concerned. It's the residents that make the neighborhood. Most of us live and work in this neighborhood.
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18 BUSINESSES FILING AGAINST THE YALETOWN BIA:
Triple F Investment Corp., Bistro Sakana Japanese Restaurant Ltd., Mavi Jeans Inc., Vancen Optical Inc., Yaletown L’Antipasto Inc., Global Atomic Designs Inc., Avantgarde Hair Inc., Yaletown Brewing Company & Restaurant Corp., Yaletown Brewing Company and Restaurant LP, Westbridge Mortgage Services Ltd., Strozzi’s Eyewear & Gallery Ltd., 0944193 B.C. Ltd., Nick Linden Construction West Ltd., Earl’s Restaurant (Yaletown) 2012 Ltd., Hello Goodbye Enterprises Ltd., Bar None Enterprises Ltd., Barber & Co. Enterprises Ltd. and The New Oxford Enterprises Ltd.
Earls Restaurants represents one of the biggest names filing and supporting the claim. When contacted they gave a response sounding as though they had to stand by their neighbors in the lawsuit. Sounds like they're leading it. Why make a statement if you don't have to. They have a voice and an opportunity to say no, but to this point have supported the legal action to the farmers market. We gave them an opportunity to retract, but they said they had to side with their neighboring businesses.
"It kinda put a halt to their business, the whole area was gridlocked, there were cars honking. It just became a little turbulent in the area," said Patrick Miller, general manager at Earls Kitchen and Bar in Yaletown.
We sat on the corner of Earls on May 12 and watched traffic go by. (Yes we have time on our hands.) Nothing different than regular traffic flow. No chaos, cars honking, or gridlock as described by Miller. I've seen Friday nights more turbulent than that. I should have started throwing vegetables for to show Miller what real chaos is. (Then again, a food fight would be fun, and Earls is not into fun anymore we can see.)
They had to? Last we checked, Canada is a free democratic country where everyone has a voice and can take stance to say no.
We encourage you to make your presence known and let them know their lawsuit is not welcome asking them to drop it before the upcoming weeks when the market is forced to leave.
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