Customer appreciation at the Market

  • Aug. 31, 2015 6:00 a.m.

The Comox Valley Farmers’ Market is having a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Sept. 5, 9 a.m. to noon, Headquarters Road.

“(This is) an opportunity for market organizers and individual vendors to show their gratitude to faithful customers,” said CVFM executive director Vickey Brown.

She said growing conditions this year have forced a bit of a change in the day’s schedule.

“Usually the market brings corn on the cob to share for this annual event, but this year they have to reinvent the celebrations because the corn is not available,” said Brown. “I know that farmers on wells struggled with water supply this year and now everything is early, and many crops are ripening simultaneously which makes it difficult to harvest and store all at once.”

The corn crop along with others, was several weeks early. And at McClintocks farm — which has been providing the corn for this event for years — their crop just didn’t happen.

So, instead of corn on the cob, the market will be finding new ways to celebrate local food shoppers this Saturday by giving customers more of what they want. Enter to win a local food basket, find yourself in a photo collage by market photographer Bill Jorgensen, and win a market token, plus fun activities for the kids and more.