July 10, 2014 4:02 am
Updated: July 10, 2014 10:01 am

New alcohol provisions make for spirited farmers’ markets


Farmers markets across Vancouver are beginning to take advantage of new provisions that let them sell alcohol.

“We’ve been waiting for a long time,” said Mary Lage of Oak Street Farmers Market. Her market was open Wednesday afternoon, with a steady stream of people looking to try local brews and spirits.

“We’ve had our vendors lined up for a long time, waiting for this ruling, so we’re excited.”

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The reforms mean local beer, wine, cider and spirits can be sold alongside fresh fruits and vegetables. Local liquor manufacturers will have to apply to the farmers’ markets for approval to sell their products.

Liquor vendors are required to have “Serving It Right” certification to help prevent sales to minors.

Catherine Urquhart reports.

– With files from Peter Meiszner

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