Like many aspects of life right now, the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market is looking a little different from what you might be used to.
But know that you’ll still be able to safely select the foods you love to feed your family, while supporting vital local growers and producers.
“This season we’re thinking of the Saturday market more as a grocery store than an event or destination, which it has been for many families,” explains Twila Skinner, General Manager, Comox Valley Farmers’ Market Association. “In light of COVID-19, we’ve been deemed essential, but there are a number of measures we need to take.”
The market has already moved outside to the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, where they’re able to create more space between vendors and shoppers by changing the layout of the market and expanding into the space previously allocated for live music, other entertainment and the seating area.
You’ll find hand-washing stations added and one controlled entrance. Dogs are also not permitted at this time.
Shoppers are appreciating these safety measures and the option to easily support so many local producers in one location.
“We’ve seen a lot of new people come who want to support local and like being able to shop in the outdoor environment,” Skinner says.
So, what can you enjoy now, and what’s coming?
Because a farmers’ market is naturally seasonal, early spring is the time to find some veggie starts, cool-weather crops like fresh salad greens and some veggies and herbs. There’s lots of fresh eggs, breads and pies, locally raised meats, some frozen berries, soup mixes and spices, in addition to gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan offerings.
Some vendors are also diversifying their selections, creating full dishes to take home and pop in the oven for an easy, locally made meal.
As the season progresses and the weather warms, you’ll find additional fruit and vegetable crops.
“We have people who do the bulk of their shopping at the farmers’ market,” Skinner says.
Take your local shopping online
In response to COVID-19, the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market has also complemented its Saturday market with an online platform. For those who are immune-compromised or otherwise are unable to shop on Saturdays, the virtual market is one more way to keep the community supplied with fresh, local and nutritionally dense food, provided by local producers.
Discover more about the delicious possibilities at your local market at cvfm.ca and stay up-to-date with the latest news, including the expected opening of the Wednesday and Sunday markets, on Facebook and Instagram.