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Farmers' market gets funding to improve site

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The St. Norbert Farmers' Market got a boost in funding that will help improve the market site.

The $250,000 that came in the form of grants from a larger project called Drainage Inside the Dike will help the market make much needed improvements to groundwater drainage at the site -- current drainage issues have left market vendors and visitors splashing through big puddles on rainy days.

The list of funders includes the province, the city, the Winnipeg Foundation, and a number of community partners, and the improvements they will bring are considered first steps in further development.

Market President Phil Veldhuis made the announcement to approximately 300 guests on Thursday evening at Farmers’ Feast, an annual outdoor celebration of local food.

"The market has a long history of working with the community of St. Norbert, and we’re delighted to be a part of a project that will benefit everyone in our community, and the many visitors that come to St. Norbert, both to enjoy the market, and in appreciation of the history of the area," Veldhuis said.

The improvements are expected to be made in spring 2013.

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