Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

St. Jacobs Market Fire

Early this morning the St. Jacobs Farmers Market suffered a devastating fire. The main building is a total loss but the fire departments that fought the blaze were able to save the other buildings. I have posted pictures from this market here before and is was a vibrant colourful place to visit. Here is a link to their web site. Here is an excerpt from an update on this page.

“A big THANK YOU to everyone who has reached out to us this
morning. We have always said that the market is not the buildings. It’s
the people the vendors, customers, the whole community. We’re
very humbled by the sense of ownership and pride that so many
people have for this market. We will bring it back!”

They plan of having the outdoor market and other building open as soon as possible. We look forward to the return of the market soon.

Click on any picture to get a larger view.


Here are a couple of interior shots of the market.

Here are a few links of previous St. Jacobs Market Posts
https://villagephotographer.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/market-tomatoes/ https://villagephotographer.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/this-little-piggy-went-to-market/ https://villagephotographer.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/market-flowers/ https://villagephotographer.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/market-preserves-2/ https://villagephotographer.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/lost-in-art/

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4 responses

  1. It is so sad when something this Bo rant has a setback. I am hoping it gets back on its feet soon.

    September 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  2. I’m incredulous that I was just there only weekends ago, and that it’s all gone now in one night. The place was absolutely crowded and thriving. I did think to myself to attempt photographing some of that nuance. I didn’t becacuse I told myself that I wouldn’t create anything significant. I am now very much ashamed of myself for not even trying.

    I saw Phil Perkins of CH News reporting on the aftermath this morning. That’s good but TV news is restricted to brief sound bites while they think the info is newsworthy. They may not report on it again.

    Neil, I hope that you can reach out to your community and get the stories of the lives that have been directly touched by this. I hope that you can cover the financial and sentimental impact, rebuild, and future prospects.

    This reminds me of when downtown Wasaga Beach burned in 2007. They have rebuilt, and look at them now. The difference here could be how many marketers had adequate insurance to rely on?

    September 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm

  3. This made me so sad when I heard about it. I remember making a few trips there when I was a kid…

    September 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm

  4. A quick update. The Outdoor market will be open this Thursday and Saturday as usual.

    September 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

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