Buy local, eat fresh, stay home. Online Market opens May 14

Gabriola Agricultural Co-opĀ 

Press Release

Wednesday, May 13 2020

The first ever online Gabriola Farmers’ Market is all set and ready to go. 

As of May 14, Gabriolans can go to www.localline.ca/gabriolafarmersmarket and set up an account ready to log in and shop. 

The market will be open for ordering Thursdays from 12:01 a.m. to Mondays at 11:59 p.m. weekly, starting May 14. Orders will be filled and ready Wednesday afternoons. 

Starting in June, orders will be delivered to your door in a refrigerated food delivery truck but we’re asking the community to help us by picking up their orders for the first two weeks - May 20 and 27. Details on pick up times will be provided when on-line orders are placed. 

Paul McEwan of Slow Rise Bakery is part of the team making the online market happen. “I suggest islanders set up an account now so they are ready to log in on May 14. 

“Because of COVID 19, online Farmers’ Markets are popping up all over the province and many are taking off like wildfire. Once the growing season really gets going I think our new market will be very busy. Don’t miss out - get ready now.”

The online market will start the season featuring local eggs, Slow Rise Bakery products, Happy Hippy soaps, Panacea Herb products, Illuminati Glass, Moonshine Studio Jewelry, and more. As we move into the growing season, the range and amount of food is expected to increase as usual, along with the number of artisan vendors.

Talyn Martin, a ten year organic farmers moved to Gabriola a year ago and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience with her. “I’m super excited about helping to get Gabriola online. I was part of creating Cow-Op, an online market in the Cowichan Valley and I know how easy and convenient it is, both for farmers and for shoppers, to use it.”

Martin said “as a farmer, I know how exhausting it is to work long hours, spend a day harvesting, and another being at the market - and sometimes taking produce back home. With the online market, produce is pre-sold so I know precisely what to pick and nothing goes to waste. Online selling saved me time and energy and offered an alternative way for purchasers to get farm-fresh foo directly to their table.”

Co-op manager, Victoria Banford wants shoppers and prospective vendors to know the online market is straightforward and easy to use for the majority of people. For anyone who has questions or difficulty, or wants to join the market as a vendor, she’s available to help. manager@gabriolaagricultural coop.ca. 

The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated just how vulnerable we are when the supply lines for food reach half way across the world. By connecting our local farmers and the co-op, we sustain our local economy, eliminate unnecessary transportation and packaging, and cultivate resilience in our community. This is what food security looks like.