As B.C. copes with and recovers from the effects of recent floods and landslides, it brings to mind what can happen around food in the event of closed highways and roadways.
“It takes (farmers) a year of planning to get things going to keep up the demand,” said Twila Skinner, general manager of the Comox Valley Farmers Market Association. “If people want more food that’s local, then they have to start buying more food that’s local and the farmers will grow more food that’s local. So it’s a circular type of thing.”
There have been about 35 vendors each Saturday at the local market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay.
Skinner has noticed that Christmas fairs and other events have resulted in more downtown traffic, which has translated into more customers at the farmers market.