The Port Coquitlam Farmers Market is taking its operation online to keep customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting June 1, shoppers can pick out fresh food and produce on the market’s website (www.farmersandmore.org) and pickup their items at the Gathering Place at a designated time Thursdays between 3 and 7 p.m. The move means the market can remain open while adhering to the current physical distancing restrictions associated with the public health crisis.
“We know how much our residents love the Port Coquitlam Farmers Market every year and we are pleased to provide them with a safe alternative,” said Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West. “It’s more important than ever that our residents have access to affordable, fresh and healthy food choices while supporting local farmers and businesses.”
According to the city, limits on the number of people who can gather because of COVID-19 has changed the way markets operate across Metro Vancouver. Rather than restrict the number of vendors and shoppers that can setup in Leigh Square, staff said they intend to turn the Gathering Place into a food distribution hub.
Customers will will select a pickup time and orders must be submitted by Wednesday at noon for next-day pickup. Customers will be able to park on Donald Street Thursday afternoon and when the order is ready staff will text the customer to inform them they can come collect their goods.
“This system minimizes the number of interactions between customers, staff and vendors to ensure the safety of all,” the city said in a press release.
New vendors will be brought online each week. For updates, signup for an email newsletter at www.farmersandmore.org.