Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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Mill Market

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MPP Glenn Thibeault and Justus Veldman

MPP Glenn Thibeault and Justus Veldman

In many communities, farmers' markets close up shop when the frost hits, sending the local food movement into hibernation. After all, outdoor stalls lose their appeal in sub-zero temperatures. So organizers in Sault Ste. Marie knew if they wanted to make local food available year-round in the downtown core, they would need to try a new approach - starting with moving their market indoors. A former fish hatchery in the city's historic canal district was repurposed, and in 2014, the new Mill Market opened. The four-season market now houses more than 40 vendors - including farmers, ranchers, fishermen, artisan bakers and gourmet food businesses - and has become a hub of community activity. Today, Sault Ste. Marie consumers can stock up on great local food, no matter the weather.

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