Winter Market: Please see our VFM Indoor Market COVID-19 Safety Plan for operating inside Kal Tire Place.

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

  • Masks are currently mandatory by law until further notice

  • 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 one-way direction 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, "Shop, don't stop"

  • 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 will adhere to an occupancy limit of 50 Customers

  • Masks are mandatory at this time - the Market will have masks for Customers who need one

  • Hand washing stations are on site throughout the Market as well as the Kal Tire Place washrooms

  • 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 & one-way direction, 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 and meals from small family farms and producers:

  • You know your farmer and producer and where your products are 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 or kitchen is handled at a much lower rate than in the commercial system

  • Low risk, Market environment - minimal doorknobs, handrails, less space/object touching opportunities

  • 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
COVID-19 BC MENTAL
HEALTH RESOURCES
Physical Distancing 2m/6'

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

Friday Nov 27, Dec 4, Dec 11, Dec 18, 2020

11:00am - 3:00pm

Inside Kal Tire Place around the arena​

3445 43 Ave, Vernon, BC

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