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

  • 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

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

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April - October

Monday and Thursday 8am - 1pm

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