The Thunder Bay Country Market is often known as the Farmer’s Market, but we are so much more! Our vision is “We Make it, Bake it, Grow it.” For our vendors, the Market represents an opportunity to start a business and earn a living doing something they’re great at and that they love. For many of our customers it’s a place to buy local groceries, crafts and gifts from the talented, hard-working people who created them. For others, it’s a meeting-place full of good people where they can get in touch with some of the simpler things in life.
|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.|
|March 2019||The Market membership affirmed the decision to keep Wednesdays open year-round and implemented that both levels would be open on Wednesdays from here on. This is an exciting step as we continue our growth to be the destination for all things local in Thunder Bay.|
|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.