By Jay Jones
6:30 AM AKST, January 23, 2013
A new indoor market in downtown Victoria, Canada, will open in the spring, making Vancouver Island’s abundant produce available year-round. The Victoria Public Market at the Hudson will be home to goods produced by bakers, butchers, fishermen and florists, among others.
Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It's about 60 miles from Vancouver and about a three-hour (or less) ferry ride from Seattle.
The new market will be in what was once the Hudson’s Bay department store. It will offer a retail outlet for even the smallest producers, who can rent tables by the day to sell their wares.
On any given day, items for sale could include the beer, wine, bread and cheese needed for a picnic along one of the city’s many hiking trails.
The market also will host various educational and entertainment events, such as cooking demonstrations in a commercial kitchen and “urban agriculture” workshops. Kids can participate in their own own culinary classes and in treasure hunts.
The market is scheduled to open in mid-April. It's about a 10-minute walk from Victoria’s busy Inner Harbour. The stalls will be operate 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. It will be closed on Mondays.