The Comox Valley Farmers’ Market and the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association announce the return of the Wednesday Farmers’ Market to the downtown core.
The weekly market is set to begin this Wednesday, June 15 between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Due to the volume of shoppers and abundance of product, the market has outgrown its 2015 location on England Avenue and will move to the top of Fifth between Fitzgerald and England. The DCBIA board is grateful to have 2015’s Best Farmers’ Market in B.C. in the heart of Courtenay, drawing more shoppers downtown and support for local business owners.
“The connectivity between the vendors of the market and the surrounding business owners is a great fit,” said Jenny Deters of Rattan Plus Home & Patio and president of the DCBIA. “Residents and visitors to the market typically emphasize the importance and value of supporting local, which is what our downtown is all about.”
Additionally, much focus has been placed on downtown revitalization with one of the key components of a healthy downtown being the creation of a space or opportunity for people to gather.
The market is an excellent occasion for people to come together over common ground and in turn strengthen the well-being of the centre of Courtenay.
“Many of our customers have told us that they really love having the market downtown in the summer, as do my employees and myself,” said Erin Dean of be Solely Canadian Clothing & Accessories. “Regardless of any impact on business, events like the Farmers’ Market keep downtown Courtenay a vibrant, fun and exciting place to be, as well as loved and supported by our community, so I’m thrilled to have it back downtown for the summer.”
“The market averaged about 25 vendors a week last year. Our vendors love being downtown,” said Vickey Brown, executive director of the Farmers’ Market Association. “They get an opportunity to develop relationships with a diverse group of shoppers in a completely different environment compared to the Saturday market on the field. Our customers love it as well for the easy access and proximity to other shopping. We are all enthusiastic about partnering with local businesses to bring more people into the downtown core.”
The Fitzgerald to England section of Fifth will be closed Wednesdays between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information contact Avry Janes firstname.lastname@example.org or Vickey Brown at email@example.com