The Wednesday farmers’ market starts up June 17, though it will look a little different this year. File photo by William F Jorgensen

The Wednesday farmers’ market starts up June 17, though it will look a little different this year. File photo by William F Jorgensen

Downtown Wednesday market in Courtenay starts June 17

Event will be a little different this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions

The Downtown Courtenay Summer Street Markets, a partnership between Comox Valley Arts, Comox Valley Farmers’ Market and Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association, is gearing up for the summer market season.

As with many businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wednesday Summer Street Market will look a bit different this year. It starts June 17 and runs through Sept. 3.

First, visitors will notice the market is not the event that it has been in previous years. There will be no entertainment or seating areas, and concessions will be takeout only. The biggest change will be the temporary absence of the arts and crafts vendors. People will still be able to shop at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market in the same physically distant, controlled way that has been established for the Saturday markets at the Comox Valley Exhibition grounds. However, due to the way people like to engage with arts and crafts products and the steps and staff required to ensure compliance with the provincial health orders and WorkSafe BC guidelines, Comox Valley Arts has made the difficult decision not to participate in the physical portion of the market. Comox Valley Arts has recognized the opportunity to take the arts and craft vendors online. Finally, the market will have reduced hours and operate from 4 to 7 p.m.

Comox Valley Farmers’ Market will continue to adapt their approach to ensure buyers can get local, fresh and nutritional food by implementing COVID-19 measures to keep everyone safe and reduce risks. If you are unable to make it to the market or want to pre-order product, check out the farmers’ market online store at https://www.localline.ca/comox-valley-farmers-market.

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You can find the Downtown Courtenay Summer Street Markets on Wednesdays from 4-7 pm in downtown Courtenay on England Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets. To stay up to date on the latest details visit cvfm.ca or comoxvalleyarts.com or follow our social media channels.

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