About the Market

About the Market!

The Thunder Bay Country Market is often known as the Farmer’s Market, but we are so much more!

Historical Timeline:

1997

11 local producers partner up to provide an indoor venue for marketing their goods.  The Market begins operating out of a small barn (no longer standing) on the CLE grounds.

2001

The Market outgrows its premises and relocates to the newly externally renovated, larger CLE Dove building.

2004

The partnership gives way to the development of the Thunder Bay Country Market Association as a not-for-profit organization with a Board of Directors and Membership.

Fall 2008

The Market conducts a Customer Satisfaction Survey.  Responses indicate an overwhelming desire for more indoor space and more Market days.

February 2009

The Market opens for the year in newly-renovated and expanded premises

June 2009

The Market adds Wednesday evenings to the schedule, offering Thunder Bay mid-week shopping seasonally

January 2017

Wednesdays are changed to year-round, downstairs level only, providing more opportunity for customers to shop for all their local needs

June 2017

The CLE and Market work together to improve the outdoor space by blocking off one lane, allowing more room for outdoor vendors and more flow for customers. We also provide better access for pedestrians through the side gate on May St.

June 2017

The Market has its first off-site Market Stall at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre weekly Wednesday market, bringing products from over 11 vendors to the Wednesday market.

Today

We’re proud to be the largest producer-based market in Northwestern Ontario.  An average of 6,000 visitors shop for local meats, cheese, eggs, produce, baking, meals and crafts every week.
The Market is a sustainable engine of the Thunder Bay economy, with a real economic impact on our community and our impact continues to grow, as more and more Thunder Bay locals realize that local is better for the environment, for flavour & freshness, for connecting with your producers and for the economy.