The Salt Spring Community Market Society operates the Tuesday Farmers Market in Centennial Park through a permit issued by the Capital Regional District (CRD). Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on markets on Salt Spring. To help limit the spread of the virus, the Province has restricted the size of gatherings and has required some types of businesses to close or significantly alter their operations. The Province has designated farmers’ markets as an essential service, but has limited them to food and beverage sales, with specific restrictions. They are a place to access food, not for groups to gather.
The Society and the CRD want to provide residents of Salt Spring safe access to local food until regular markets can start again. Beginning Saturday April 11, the Society will operate an Essential Services Farmers Market in Centennial Park on Saturdays from 10-2 until the regular Saturday Market is able to resume.
This market will provide direct access to food grown and made on Salt Spring, strengthening our food security and providing a direct link between food producers and local residents. The market will have strict physical distancing and hygiene measures in place to meet the Provincial Health Officer’s requirements.
The Society is also launching an online food hub to provide Salt Spring residents with the ability to order local food online.
The Salt Spring Community Market Society is a non-profit volunteer-directed society that seeks to improve local access to Salt Spring food products. The members of the society are working to ensure access to local food during these challenging times. They hope that the regular Saturday Market in the Park, with its wide range of vendors, will be able to return soon.