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James Bay Beacon – June 27th

James Bay Market is Adapting and Growing During Covid – James Bay Beacon – June 27th, 2020

I assured you last month that the James Bay Market would continue to change as the pandemic unfolded, and, as promised, that is exactly what is happening. The good news is that we British Columbians have done such a stellar job at following Dr. Bonnie Henry’s inimitable leadership that, collectively, we have made it safe to come out of our houses again. With caution! The ever dropping numbers of COVID cases in BC, means that we can expand our world again, and that includes the farmers’ market.

Starting on Saturday June 13th, the James Bay Market welcomed back some of our regular crafters and artisans. More craft vendors will be joining us weekly. Some of the crafters you can expect to find selling at the market this season are:

  • Rachael MacFarland Design -Jewelry and Non Surgical Masks
  • Rox Design- Sterling Silver Jewelry
  • Dyetye – Tie dye to die for by Glory Rule
  • Elise White – Jewelry
  • Debra Slaco – Pottery
  • Joan McCorry – Art Cards
  • Mother Daughter Soap – Vegan and Cruelty-Free Body Care for men and women
  • Sew Cute Creations – Colourful Children’s Clothing
  • Mystic Glass – Glass Jewelry
  • Floraever – Acrylic Jewelry with a floral motif
  • Kailyard Creations – paper products
  • Perido Tulips – greeting cards

As regulations ease, and the market grows, you will also see more food vendors returning from previous years, including, Old Soul Jams, Singing Bowl Granola, and Sea Cider Cidery, as well as new food vendors like Sutra Foods Sauces. Please check out Garden Gems Grow Mix and Greenery new to us with his growing mix sure to make your plants stronger and healthier.

There will be no food trucks or music as, in keeping with safety measures implemented by the BC Centre for Disease Control, farmers’ markets are a ‘shop, don’t stop’ event. (Some farmers’ markets with more space are able to bring back a few food trucks, but the James’ Bay Market is confined by limited space, so must be cautious in its expansion.)

COVID has changed many things, but it hasn’t touched nature’s cycles. Summer is here, and you will find new freshly harvested crops appearing at the farmers’ tables each week. Over the next few weeks you can expect to find berries galore from Gobind Farms, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes in all shapes and sizes, zucchini, cucumbers, fresh herbs, and so much more from Sun Trio, Saanich Organics, Farm or Die, and Glanford Greenhouse, along with mushrooms from Salt Spring Sprouts . COVID or no COVID, the produce will keep coming to feed you and your loved ones all summer long.

So bring you your re-usable bags (new paper bags are supplied by our vendors if you prefer at no charge) and head on down to the corner of Superior and Menzies every Saturday through to the end of September to stock up on all your favourite local products and local crafts. We all cherish the James Bay Market, but we must follow the BCCDC guidelines. Please remember to maintain safe social distance, clean your hands, do NOT attend if you are unwell, and do not handle the products for sale. In the immortal words of Dr. Bonnie Henry, be kind, be calm and stay safe!

Please note, the market has returned to regular hours of 9am-3pm.

“The James Bay Market would like to respectfully acknowledge that we are visitors on the unceded homelands of the Lekwungen speaking people of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.”