Taiwanese Monks Creating Market for PEI Farmers

by Darcy Cudmore

The Riverview Country Market is busy with customers buying fruits, vegetables and more on this fall Wednesday afternoon.

The market, owned by Rose Viaene and her husband, David, has been in operation on Riverside Drive in Charlottetown for eight years now.

Recently, their P.E.I. lives have changed drastically with the arrival of Monks to Eastern P.E.I.

The Monks have brought a new farming agreement to the Viaene’s, as well as about a dozen other Island farmers. It has offered a brand new opportunity for many, in a tough and grueling industry where the economy has not been kind to them.

The Viaene’s were able to visit Taiwan after meeting one of the Monk leaders here on P.E.I. He approached them, wanting to help Islanders in some way, and the Viaene’s have been growing for them for five years now.

An agreement was reached to help farmers on P.E.I., but also for the Monks to fill a need for produce back in their homeland of Taiwan where they own and operate a number of markets.

“Our life has really drastically changed for the better, of course,” Viaene said.

You can hear more in the interview I was able to get with Rose below.