Strolling to the favourite local farmers’ market is something that many of us already miss, but there’s some good news that will help us get through this strange time until we can do that again.
The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) is helping member markets move to an online model so we can continue to support them through the coronavirus pandemic.
This means that soon, we’ll be able to purchase locally grown and prepared food products from the comfort of our homes.
“It’s important to support your community and each other during this time of uncertainty, and a virtual shopping trip to a farmers’ market is an easy way to get the groceries on your list and to Buy BC, while ensuring physical distancing measures are being followed,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture.
“Moving farmers’ markets online will help ensure the health and safety of vendors and consumers, while still providing the same fresh and local food that families all over the province count on.”
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According to a release, there are 145 member markets in the BCAFM that are eligible to receive some of the $55,000 worth of funding provided by the BC Government to help take things online.
This funding, a part of the Ministry of Agriculture’s Buy BC program, will allow individual farmers’ markets to join the online platform and set up its own virtual market store.
“Our new BC Farmers’ Markets Online platform will offer a new shopping channel for the peak farmers’ market season this summer,” said Heather O’Hara, Executive Director, BCAFM.
Folks in BC can keep an eye on which markets have launched online operations soon. Markets will be added in the coming weeks and months.