LEADERS IN THE LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM PARTNER TO CREATE NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR BC FOOD BRANDS AND CONSUMERS
UPDATE: The partnership took place from September 10 - October 31, 2020.
NEWS RELEASE (North Vancouver, BC September 10, 2020): With a shared mission to support local food and small-scale producers and processors, BCLocalRoot.ca is excited to announce its partnership with Vancouver Farmers Markets (VFM), with support from Vancity Credit Union.
As leaders in the local food system, BCLocalRoot.ca and VFM are combining forces to create new opportunities for local brands and consumers to connect. Strengthening BC’s food system, economy, and communities during these uncertain times. Andrea Gray-Grant, founder of BCLocalRoot.ca says, “We are excited that both our organizations align with the shared goal of transforming our food system. It is time for renewed focus on local.”
This partnership focuses on providing VFM customers with an online delivery alternative. Shoppers can now access their favourite local products according to their personal safety needs and lifestyle choices. If shoppers desire that farmers market experience but cannot physically make it to market, BCLocalRoot.ca offers the opportunity for them to shop local, with over 20 VFM vendors on the site, and have it delivered to their doorstep.
Laura Smit, VFM's Interim Executive Director says “Collaborating with BCLocalRoot.ca offers an opportunity to highlight the abundance of BC grown and made products and gives access to those who are not able to make it to the farmers market. We want to make sure everyone gets a chance to support our local producers. It’s good for all of us.”
You can visit the Vancouver Farmers Markets at their six locations across the Lower Mainland, or order select products through BCLocalRoot.ca.
BCLocalRoot.ca is the very first online market offering 100% BC only food and beverage products with delivery and curbside pick-up for Metro Vancouver residents. It currently offers 450+ BC grown and made products from 65+ brands representing 9 regions in the province, with new products being added every week.
About Vancouver Farmers Markets: Founded in 1995, Vancouver Farmers Markets (VFM) has grown to become one of Canada’s leading farmers market organizations, with nine weekly markets that see over 470,000 shoppers per year. Our markets support 280 small BC farms and producers, and help keep 3,400 acres of local farmland in sustainable food production annually. For more information on VFM please visit eatlocal.org.
Vancouver Farmers Markets Vendors on BCLocalRoot.ca Include:
- Barakah Eats
- BobAli Foods
- Dundarave Olive Company
- Frostbites Syrup Co.
- Golden Ears Cheesecrafters
- Lita’s Mexican Foods
- Mandair Farms
- Maple's Sugar Shack
- Marie’s Guilt Free Bakery
- Mogiana Coffee
- Ms. Lee’s Natural Foods
- Mt. Lehman Cheese Co.
- Nina’s Pierogi
- One Arrow Meats
- Saltspring Harvest
- Shorba Bone Broth
- Squamish Water Kefir
- Sriracha Revolver Hot Sauce
- Tality Kombucha
- Tempea Natural Foods
- Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School (KPU)