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Young entrepreneur starts new market

Cole Unger, 15, created a business plan for a Harrison Hot Springs Farmers Market, and now has received approval from the Village to get the market started.  - Jessica Peters/ Observer
Cole Unger, 15, created a business plan for a Harrison Hot Springs Farmers Market, and now has received approval from the Village to get the market started.
— image credit: Jessica Peters/ Observer

Cole Unger may only 15, but he's made a business offer to the Village of Harrison Hot Springs that they just couldn't refuse.

Council and staff wholeheartedly approved the teenager's request to operate a farmers market in the Village, throughout June and July. Despite his young age, Unger is a practiced businessman already, having run Cole's Rock Shop for the past several years, renting tables at events around town, including the Agassiz Farm Fresh Market

While that market runs Thursdays in the Agassiz-Harrison Museum parking lot, Harrison's market will run Fridays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the grassy field beside the Village Office.

He worked on the business plan with his father's help, who will also assist with running the market.

Council approved the plan unanimously, all eager to see someone taking the steps to organize a farmers market for the Village.

"A lot of people talk about doing this, but you're actually doing it so I give you a lot of credit," Councillor Sonja Reyerse told Unger. He sat through Monday's 90 minute council meeting to hear the vote, and answer any potential questions from councillors.

"The concept is very good," Mayor Leo Facio told him. "I hope it is a success for you."

The pilot project will come to a close at the end of July, unless someone wants to carry on at that  point, staff said.

Similar to the Agassiz Farm Fresh Market, there will be no used items allowed. The market will focus on selling freshly made food items, fruits and vegetables, and locally-made crafts.

To get involved, email Unger at hhsfm@shaw.ca.

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