|The Memorial Centre Farmers Market is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent changes in use of the Memorial Centre with some big changes of its own.|
“The city and the health unit have been doing a great job at helping us continue to offer stable, safe and healthy access to all your favourite local foods through the coming months,” says Jolene Simko, Marketing Manager for the Memorial Centre Farmers Market in an update to the farmers market community. “With this continually changing situation, we’ve decided to go straight to an online ordering system.”
Simko says that the change will be a major logistical achievement, with the possibility of over 40 participants, including farms, kitchens, and artisans. Because of this, the market was closed on Sunday, March 22nd, to allow for the transition.
Following the completion of the online portal, shoppers will be able to request pick-up or delivery from their favourite vendors directly. The full vendor list is available on the Memorial Centre Farmers Market website.
“All that said, we know the market is not just a place for food,” says Simko, “it is a place of community and connection! We will continue to be available on Sundays to answer questions, and keep the discussion going.” In lieu of face-to-face contact, Simko says that market staff and volunteers will make themselves available on Sunday mornings on various social media platforms, including twitter and Facebook, or via e-mail at [email protected].