B.C. farmers markets shift online to protect health during COVID-19 pandemic while supporting local economies

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      British Columbia is taking steps to ensure that citizens will not only be able to have access to fresh food but can also support their local economies and farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      The B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) stated today (March 27) that it will help its 145 member markets transition to online means of selling their locally grown and prepared food items.

      The provincial government will provide $55,000 to the BCAFM for fees charged for farmers to join the online platform and setting up their own digital market stores.

      B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham explained in a news release that this will help British Columbians obtain fresh food and economically support their communities and local food producers, farmers, and their families.

      In addition, these measures will simultaneously protect the health of both vendors and consumers by maintaining physical distancing during the pandemic.

      Farmers market that have launched online operations will be listed over the weeks and months ahead as they open at the B.C. Farmers' Market Trail website. More information will also be available at the Buy BC website.

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