Markets Still Going Strong

Talyn Martin

Gabriola Agricultural Co-op

Wednesday, October 7 2020

The board and market manager of the Gabriola Agricultural Co-op would love to give a shout out to everyone who made this season’s markets a success so far: vendors and shoppers alike. It has been extra challenging with Covid-19 protocols constantly changing and finding our way with the new on-line market but we are feeling pretty optimistic moving forward. The farmers’ markets continue to be big economic drivers in our community and we thank you for supporting local businesses and keeping the money circulating on Gabriola: statistics say that money spent locally circulates seven times! We think that’s pretty amazing. 

 Vendor Gai Campbell is particularly grateful for the patience and support at this year’s market. “I just love knowing people are waking up and enjoying my marmalade or jam with their breakfast every morning, or serving one of my pies for family and friends to enjoy too!” quips Gai. Find her delicious treats at the Saturday market as well as on-line. 

The outdoor Saturday market will continue running until Thanksgiving weekend and we are considering ways to keep it going beyond! Stay tuned. 

We also saw a unique opportunity in the spring to kickstart an on-line farmers’ market as shopping became difficult or uncomfortable for others in the community. Also, it’s just plain easy! The co-op partnered with Dan Backe of Gulf Island Food Transport (GIFT) - www.gulfislandfoodtransport.com – to deliver fresh, local products right to your door. Dan says that “getting to participate in strengthening local resiliency through better integrated local food production and distribution is a bit of a dream come true.” We have been super excited about this project and aim to keep it going through the winter months. 

Please visit https://www.localline.ca/gabriolafarmersmarket to view the amazing products to stock your shelves. 

On a final note we are excited to be bringing Jon Steinman of ‘Deconstructing Dinner’ fame to Gabriola for co-op week October 17th. Jon will share his experiences of the local food movement and specifically how agricultural co-ops can be economic driver’s in our community. Tickets are $15 for our ZOOM broadcast and available through the AGI co-op web-site or at https://buytickets.at/gabriolaagriculturalcoop.

Once again, thank you so much for your support and we look forward to continuing to expand food security here on our beautiful Island.