UPDATE: From Eileen Cowen, market director: Unfortunately, the rain has caused us to cancel tonight's market. Our lot is flooded and the forcast doesn't look promising for a dryout. Thanks to everyone who supported this project! We have an incredible community here in the 'Couve.
Vancouver's Urban Growers Market, which brought together shoppers and backyard farmers, will hold its final market today.
Because of a drop in interest from both visitors and vendors, market Director Eileen Cowen said, the group chose to end its run rather than hobble forward. The last sale is from 4 to 7 p.m. outside One World Merchants, 2315 Main St.
When the group held its first small market in 2011, Cowen said Vancouver, especially downtown, was less vibrant than today. Now, with a number of nearby farmers markets and other places to buy locally sourced food, she said there's less need for their service. The Urban Growers Market, which ran twice a month during summer, let small-scale growers sell their goods for a $10 fee.
A May fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to help the market buy supplies and a stage for music brought in $1,155 from 22 donors.
"We're not calling it a bad thing," Cowen said. "The community is moving on to better things. Our part is done."