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The History of Farmers' Markets Ontario®

It would be nice to be able to say "we planned it this way". It would be nice to be able to say "these were our objectives from the beginning, and we have made a lot of progress in reaching them". It would be nice . . . but it wouldn't be true. Farmers' Markets Ontario® has grown, like a young tree in a thicket, twisting its way toward living-space and sunlight, in unforseen directions.
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01-Jan-94. 1994 Total Gross Sales Exceeds $5 million.

In 1987-88 there were 7 Farmers' Markets across Northern Ontario with total gross sales of approximately $100,000. By 1989, the number of Markets hit 22 and by 1994 their total gross sales exceeded $5 million.

03-Feb-93. 3rd FMO Networking Symposium and AGM.

February 3, 4 & 5, 1993 - 3rd FMO Networking Symposium and AGM held at YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, Ontario. Over 130 participants...the conference theme: "Farmers' Markets - Way to Grow!"...OMAFRA Deputy Minister, Rita Burak the keynote speaker. Some Bylaws/Constitution changes...revolving around the Mission Statement; the name change and membership classifications.

01-Sep-92. Chorney Relocates to Brighton, Ontario.

September 1, 1992 - Chorney relocated from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to Brighton, Ontario and FMO's new headquarters set up in his residence.

17-Jun-92. OPFMA Changes its Name to Farmers' Markets Ontario.

June 17 & 18, 1992 - OPFMA changed its name to Farmers' Markets Ontario (FMO) during a Board of Directors Meeting at Belleville, Ontario.

01-Jun-92. OMAFRA Farmers' Markets Program Turned Over to OPFMA.

June 1, 1992 - OPFMA entered into a Memorandum of Association with OMAFRA and the complete OMAFRA Farmers' Markets Program turned over to OPFMA.

01-Jun-92. Chorney Joins OPFMA As Executive Director.

June 1, 1992 - Chorney left OMAFRA and joined OPFMA as its Executive Director... still residing at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and working from the OMAFRA office.

12-Feb-92. 2nd OPFMA Networking Symposium.

February 12, 13 & 14, 1992 - Over 150 participants attended the 2nd OPFMA Networking Symposium held at YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, Ontario. The theme: "Prospering Through Sharing". Elmer Buchanan the keynote speaker. Bylaws and Constitution adopted and a 16 person Board of Directors confirmed.

01-Oct-91. Chorney Assigned to OPFMA.

October 1, 1991 - Chorney assigned by OMAFRA to OPFMA to work full-time at getting the Association launched.

01-Mar-91. Bylaws and Constitution.

Bylaws and Constitution would be developed in the months to follow.

06-Feb-91. Ontario's Markets Growing Together.

February 6 & 7, 1991 - One Hundred and Sixty (160) Farmers' Market leaders, managers and vendors; business and political leaders and others met at Mississauga, Ontario to discuss a wide range of Farmers' Market issues. The Symposium theme: "Ontario's Markets Growing Together". Minister of Agriculture and Food, Elmer Buchanan was the keynote speaker. The participants endorsed the launching of an Association with 17 Directors, including Lambert as founding Chair. There would be 4 geographic zones/regions with 4 Directors from each. The organization would be called "Ontario Public/Farmers' Markets Association" (OPFMA).

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