It has been announced by the Government of British Columbia that Farmers' Markets be seen as an essential public service equivalent to grocery stores.

All market staff, farmers, producers & crafters/artisans are dedicated to adhering to health & safety standards, and providing safe & reliable access to everyday essentials, as well as nutritious foods necessary to a healthy community.

We are actively making operational & procedural changes to protect customers, vendors, & staff & to mitigate the spread of disease, including following all guidance provided by the Government & BCAFM.

Please reach out with any questions at info@vernonfarmersmarket.ca and stay up to date with the latest information by staying tuned here or follow us on our social media!

 

How you can help:

  • Only coming to the market in good health (We live in an older community & have high-risk individuals, we have some older vendors, we need to keep everyone safe)

  • Refraining from touching your face, cough or sneeze into your arm or tissue & away from people & products

  • Washing your hands at the wash stations

  • Ask for assistance with placing your order, please refrain from touching products

  • Please regulate your own social distancing of 2m/6'

  • Please pay attention to & follow market boundary signs, entry exit signs, information signs, vendor signs & line up spacing markings

  • Shop with a purpose, know what you’re coming in for. As much as we generally LOVE building community & we want you to stay & hang out, under the current circumstances, we ask you don’t linger

  • Please, wherever all possible, try to limit to one shopper per household

  • Wash all produce purchased before you consume it

  • If you are high-risk, please avoid coming to the market (it hurts us so bad to say this, we love you all!) - Be a good neighbour, set up a pick-up for at risk neighbours who can’t get out

 

Market Safety Measures:

  • The Market stations will be monitored & limited to just under the allowed square footage occupancy

  • We are working on an online space to connect vendors to customers & to help make shopping & supporting local easier (keep an eye on the vendor tab & our social media)

  • Hand washing stations are on site throughout the Market as well as our regular toilets with their wash station (which are being cleaned)

  • Food sampling is suspended at this time

  • There is additional space via wider aisles & vendor spacing

  • On-site dining spaces have been eliminated (we do still have our concessions though for take-out options)

  • Frequent cleaning of market equipment & touching hot spots (ATM, washrooms, etc.)

  • Posting ample signage regarding new market setup & boundaries, wash stations, information signs, spaced lines for waiting customers

  • Asking that the vendors control the product as much as possible, for example pre-bagging or having people ask for assistance to bag for them

  • Asking that vendors still accepting cash take extra precautionary measures such as gloves and/or more frequent hand washing - sterilized change will be given back

  • Asking the vendors to look into Square(/similar platforms) for handsfree card payments

  • Proper adherence to Provincial & Federal Health Codes

 

As markets continue to REMAIN OPEN, we remind you of the benefits of shopping at the Market & shopping for nutrient dense produce from small family farms:

  • You know your farmer & where your produce is coming from, it feels good supporting local

  • Fresh produce rich with vitamins & nutrients essential to maintain a healthy immune system

  • Food directly traveling from the farm is handled at a much lower rate than in the commercial system

  • Low risk, outside, fresh air Market environment allows for social spacing of 2m

  • Low risk, outside Market environment - no doorknobs, handrails, less space/object touching opportunities

  • Sunlight provides a powerful, natural disinfectant and exposure to vitamin D

  • Smiling & happiness is good for you, even if for a quick moment in all this

As we continue to maintain our health through the power of natural foods, we encourage & thank those who support our local family farms, food producers & crafters & artisans.

We believe that, like grocery stores, farmers’ markets are vital to our community’s food security and health. We are committed to supporting small-scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture.

Agriculture Minister Lana Popham Mar 19
Click on the photo to see a Facebook post from Agriculture Minister Lana Popham regarding Farmers Markets & the COVID-19 Virus
Lana Popham Crafter post
Click on the photo to see a Facebook post from Agriculture Minister Lana Popham announcing Crafters being allowed back at the Farmers Markets

Vernon Farmers' Market
Kal Tire Place Parking Lot
3445 43rd Ave
Vernon, BC, V1T 6M3

WE ARE OPEN!

April - October

Monday and Thursday 8am - 1pm

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