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Liquor sales coming to farmers' market

You could soon buy your fruits, veggies, bread and liquor at the Mission City Farmers' Market.

Changes to liquor sales that came into effect this month, as outlined by the province, included allowing licensed wineries, distilleries, and breweries at farmers' markets.

"We do have plans to introduce it," said MCFM manager Donna Gibson. "We're very excited about it."

Vendors will be allowed to distribute samples, but cannot sell wine or beer by the glass.

"(Customers) will have to take the product home or off site to drink," said Gibson, noting local market organizers have already been reaching out to local crafters.

Mission council unanimously supported organizers' request to pursue the addition to the market.

Roger Dowker, chair of the MCFM board of directors, said the board is developing a policy, in addition to ones issued by the province, and hopes to have a vendor selling liquor at the market by the end of the month.

Vendors have to be licensed manufacturers with a store, but the board will also look at other issues, such as how many vendors from the sector should be at the market at once, and making sure there is a large enough area where customers can sample the brews.

"Our primary focus is on food," said Dowker. "Craft beer and wine is a nice addition."

The Mission City Farmers Market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library parking lot, 33247 Second Ave. For more information, visit missioncityfarmersmarket.com.

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