Stuart Fishley: Life at Market
When we lose one of our Members, it affects the whole Market family. On Thursday, January 15th, 2015 we lost our longest ever attending Member of the Market, Stuart Fishley of Fishley Farms. Stuart and Rose Fishley joined the Market on May 12th, 1975, the first day of Regina Farmers' Market. They tell me that there were six booths at the Market that day. Fishley Farms is the only originating Member of the Market still left today. They have seen the Market change locations, Managers, Members, and ways of running Markets more than any other Members of the Market. They sell bedding plants, vegetables, and occasionally sewing and woodwork. They are well known for fair prices on staple produce items. Many Members use Fishley Farms for their pickling, canning, soups etc. Rose will update later, when she is able, on the future of Fishley Farms.
Laurie Kitsch, Dee Kitsch, and I visited with Stuart at the hospital on the Sunday before he died. He was funny and frank as usual. He always had a hug for me at Market (that's what I mean when I say Market family). This time I had a hug for him. We are so grateful that we got to see him and that he was awake enough to talk to us. Our hearts go out to Rose Fishley at the loss her husband of 56 years. Our condolences to his daughters and grandchildren. Goodbye Stuart. We will miss you.