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Donation gives Mountjoy Farmers Market a permanent location all its own

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You’ll have to turn in the opposite direction off Riverside Drive this summer, to get to the Mountjoy Farmers Market.

Barry and Celina Petroski have donated the old Barry’s Truck Ranch property to the Porcupine District Agricultural Society.

President Rock Whissell says the city will take ownership of the property right to the shoreline.

“Having a partnership with the City of Timmins with that property was an advantage for us and advantage for the city,” Whissell remarks, “so it’s a really great joint venture for us to have this property.”

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This is only part of the 1.4-acre site donated to the market. (Bob McIntyre, MyTimminsNow.com staff)

The planned market pavilion will now be built on the newly acquired property, the road across from Participark, which has been home to the market the past three years.

“The minute the city has possession of that property – we still have to go through a little legal issues to have the city own it – and then we’ll be able to start construction on the new pavilion,” says Whissell, “which is a 40-by-100 (foot) building for us to host the farmer’s market every Saturday.”

Whissell expects the market to be in its new home for the season opening, around July 1st.

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