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Source: University of Northern British Columbia

Impact of Farmers' Markets Pegged at $118.5 Million

November 9, 2006

Research conducted at the University of Northern British Columbia has indicated that BC's farmers' markets have a signficant economic impact on the province, over and above their value to community-building and local food production.

British Columbians spend $65.3 million directly at farmers' markets and an additional $53.2 million at neighbouring businesses on market days. The results are based on surveys of 7100 market customers.

The research was led by David Connell, a professor in UNBC's School of Environmental Planning. He examined 28 markets from Terrace to White Rock.

Markets Studied

  • Abbotsford Farm & Country Market

  • Armstrong Farmers' Market

  • Campbell River - Pier Street Farmers' Market

  • Comox Valley Farmers' Market

  • Coquitlamd Farmers Market

  • Fernie - Mountain Market

  • Invermere Farmers' Market

  • Kamloops Regional Farmers Market

  • Kamloops - Sun Peaks Farmers Market

  • Lytton - Two Rivers Farmers' Market

  • Mission City Farmers' Market

  • Prince George Farmers' Market

  • Quesnel Farmers' Market

  • Salt Spring Island Farmers Markets

  • Smithers - Bulkley Valley Farmers' Market

  • Terrace - Skeena Valley Farmers' Market

  • Valemount Community Market

  • Vancouver - Riley Park at Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers' Market

  • Vancouver - Ambleside Farmers' Market

  • Vancouver - Trout Lake

  • Vancouver - West End Farmers' Market

  • Vernon Farmers' Market

  • Victoria - Moss Street Community Market

  • Whistler Farmers' Market

  • White Rock Farmers' Market

  • Winfield - Lake Country Farmers' Market

    Click here for specific information about the research conducted for each of the markets listed above. The market-specific research includes an estimate of the local economic impact in addition to the average number of people the markets attract.

    Access more information:

  • David Connell's web page on Farmers' Markets and local food security

  • Government of British Columbia announcement

  • News release about the Prince George Farmers' Market


    David Connell Environmental Planning professor, UNBC 250.960.5835

    Rob van Adrichem Director of Media and Public Relations, UNBC 250.960.5622

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