may should be staying at home right now, the circumstances surrounding self-isolation for COVID-19 don’t mean you can’t eat well.
The virtual farmers market that’s been launched by Kendal Hills Farm is here to help you do just that.
Offering contact-free home-delivery to Toronto and the GTA on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the market offers the opportunity to support the localized food system while enjoying seasonal goods.
The online market stocks everything from jam and bread to ground beef and kombucha, with items coming both from Kendal Hills Farm and other farmer and artisan friends of the farm, too.
At this time, the market is re-stocked each Thursday with products that will be available for the following week’s delivery route.
Deliveries will go out to West Toronto (west of Bathurst) on Thursdays, East Toronto (east of Bathurst, Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax) on Fridays, and Clarington, Whitby, Oshawa, and Bowmanville on Sundays.
You can place your order from Thursday to Sunday.
Launched on March 17, the market is still fresh, and the organizers behind it caution that they’re learning as they go. So far, they’ve figured out the following:
- No contact-delivery will be offered on all orders, which will be left at the front door. Those in condos or apartments will be asked to come downstairs to retrieve orders, save for those with mobility concerns.
- Notifications will come through email when the delivery route is finalized, when the order is 15 minutes away, and when it’s at the front door. Text-notifications are in the works.
- There is no minimum amount set for delivery.
- All orders will see a $4.50 delivery fee, including large ones. However, if this isn’t accessible for you, use the code TOGETHER at checkout to have it removed — “no questions asked.”
As the virtual farmers market lives on, organizers are working to involve more vendors, incorporate live music and childrens’ activities, streamline its technology, and — hopefully — add more delivery routes.
You can shop the virtual farmers market here.