The Errington Farmers’ Market is preparing to launch its 2021 season on May 1st. This has always been a significant date for the market, and although the traditional May Day festivities such as the maypole dance, music and floral crown-making station will not be possible this year, the unique spirit of the market continues on, and with it the spirit of spring renewal, regeneration and hope.
Each Saturday, from May 1st until September 25th, the market grounds will be open for shopping from 10am sharp until 1pm.
Located in the open field adjacent to Errington Community Park at 1550 Veterans Road, the market site has been carefully designed to ensure a safe and comfortable shopping environment for shoppers, vendors and volunteers alike. The health and safety of vendors and customers is first priority, and shopping procedures have been modified to comply with current provincial social distancing and public health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The shopping route for fresh local products, which have been made, grown or foraged by the vendor on site, will be in one direction only, and early bird shopping will not be allowed in order to give vendors the extra time needed to set up their booths with enhanced safety measures. As an essential community service, the market has the support of the BC CDC, Minister of Agriculture, the BC Association of Farmers Markets as well as the local health authority, which has been instrumental in helping the market society develop and implement a strong and effective Covid Safety Plan.
We will all miss the market’s wonderful community atmosphere, and share with the community a sense of loss that the live music, family activities and special events that we have all come to love will not be possible again this season in the current global climate. We recognize however, that we have a critical role to play in this uncertain time. Nicole Shaw, President of the Errington Farmers’ Market society says,
“Errington Farmers’ Market has grown to become a vital hub, connecting community members to local farmers and food producers which strengthens the fabric of our society.”
And the market is more important than ever right now, not as a place to gather and visit, but as a critical local service and an important system to connect farmers and families with the fresh local food that they need.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the market this season and are thankful for your support. After all, it is not only food that nourishes us, but cooperation, resourcefulness, a willingness to adapt…and a commitment to healthy communities.