Comox Valley Farmers’ Market allowed to continue

The Comox Valley Farmers’ Market was held outdoors at the Comox Valley Exhibition Centre Saturday. Photo submitted by Claire Nixon

The Comox Valley Farmers’ Market moved Saturday from the Native Sons Hall to the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the market implemented several temporary safeguards, such as hand-washing stations and restricting the number of customers. The 26 vendors in attendance didn’t offer samples of products, and reduced the handling of money.

“A couple of vendors had an extra person with them, one to handle cash, and one to handle product,” CVFM general manager Twila Skinner said. “We were just over 30 people. We’d allow close to 20 people on the field at any one time.”

Patrons were asked to keep a two-metre social distance from each other while waiting in line.

“We didn’t have any significantly long lineups,” Skinner said. “People were pretty good about waiting, and they knew why they had to wait.”

The market relaxed its rule that prohibits sales before 9 a.m.

“There were customers there early, and in an effort to not have any lineups outside the vendors’ booths, we implemented that,” Skinner said.

On Monday, the regional district closed the facilities at the Exhibition Grounds. However, the CVFM is exempt from the closure because the B.C. Centre for Disease Control does not consider farmers markets a high-risk setting for the transmission of COVID-19.

“They allowed us at least [for] now,” Skinner said. “Things could change between now and Saturday, but at the moment we have permission to run the market on Saturday.”

CVFM customers have been encouraged to consider pre-ordering products, and to make a trip less of a social event and more of a grocery run.

Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said government will be providing financial support for the B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) to develop an operating model better suited to times of a pandemic.

“Farmers in B.C. are a fundamental part of our food system, and farmers markets come in many shapes and sizes,” Popham said in a statement. “Regrettably, at this time, the COVID-19 pandemic means they will not be about socializing and community. They will be focused on serving a very important purpose, though: helping people all over this province access fresh, locally grown or raised meat and other proteins, vegetables, fruit, and many more foods and beverages.”

The BCAFM plans to release an online method to connect consumers with farmers.

“I’m working on other options for our vendors, such as an online store, so that customers can still get access to the product,” Skinner said. “Hopefully, we can be back in the field soon and back to our normal ways.”

For updates on the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, check cvfm.ca or Facebook.



reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Courtenay Hero Wall gives thanks to frontline workers

People wanting to thank frontline workers in the Comox Valley can add… Continue reading

Comox Valley Transition Society available for women who need help throughout pandemic

“We anticipate more women than usual will access our resources, but we do have plans in place.”

Hip tradition sing-along planned again for Canadians April 2

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in a’Porch Session.’

Comox Valley Regional District approves emergency funding to address community COVID-19 issues

The Comox Valley Regional District’s board of directors has approved $148,279 in… Continue reading

Search for missing man comes to sad conclusion

The man reported missing to the Campbell River RCMP on March 30… Continue reading

‘We don’t need this right now’: B.C. man breaks up road rage incident

Two men were throwing punches on Tillicum Road in Saanich on Vancouver Island

Comox Valley grocers going extra mile during coronavirus

We have had numerous requests to post a fluid article directing consumers… Continue reading

North Cowichan to police popular trails to ensure physical distancing

“You can expect delays accessing Mount Tzouhalem, or even to be turned away.”

‘We will get through this’: B.C. sees new COVID-19 death, but 57% have recovered

A total of 1,066 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Canada’s 75% wage subsidy is coming, but not for several weeks: finance minister

Subsidy will cost Canada $71 billion, but push down cost of emergency benefit, Morneau said

COVID-19: ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’ recorded and released

LISTEN: Quick turnaround for song penned by B.C. Order of Canada musician Phil Dwyer

B.C. adding $300 to monthly income and disability assistance payments

‘Crisis supplement’ for COVID-19 for April, May and June

‘A matter of human decency’: Truckers’ union calls on gas stations, rest stops to fully re-open

Teamsters Canada wants feds, provinces to put pressure on facilities to re-open for transport workers

Migrant worker advocates blame feds, employers for COVID-19 outbreak at B.C. garden store

Migrant farm worker group calls on government for adequate health and safety requirements

Most Read