UNBC Research Looks at 28 BC Markets
November 9, 2006

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Research conducted at the University of Northern British Columbia has indicated that BC's farmers' markets have a significant 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.
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David Connell
Environmental Planning professor, UNBC
Rob van Adrichem
Director of Media and Public Relations, UNBC

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