Indoor public market gets go-ahead, floor plan for June

Locavores are celebrating this week as the Victoria Public Market at The Hudson has secured floor plans for its scheduled opening this June.

The Hudson will turn into a market this June.

Locavores are celebrating this week as the Victoria Public Market at The Hudson has secured floor plans for its scheduled opening this June.

The space, located at 770 Fisgard, former home of the Hudson Bay Company, has committed over 70 per cent of its vendor space already and released rendered images and floor plans this week.

The group is still searching for a butcher and a few other food-related businesses to complete the year-round market, but the food-focused public venue announced it will feature a community kitchen at the heart of the space, and will also include affordable indoor day tables for farmers and small-scale producers six days a week, as well as an open-air farmers’ market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

“This is going to be the tastiest place on Vancouver Island,” says general manager Maryanne Carmack. “We want to make [this] a one-stop shop for all of your grocery needs by providing the best local farms and food producers in the region.”

Current vendors include a sweet and savory pie shop, a Mexican kiosk featuring fresh churros and hot chocolate, a spice shop, Silk Road Tea, Salt Spring Island Cheese, WildFire Bakery, a seafood store and an array of restaurant outlets. This will add to the other businesses located at The Hudson, including Smoken Bones Cookshack.

Hours of operation are expected to be 9:30am-6:30pm Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30am-5pm Sundays, closed on Mondays, with larger farmers’ markets every Wednesday and Saturday.  For more, see victoriapublicmarket.com. M

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