Farmers’ Market - different look, same great quality
Mary Brown, organizer of the Bayfield Farmers’ Market, knew this was going to be a different year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit us fast and furiously in the early spring.
When the opportunity to join the Open Food Network platform came along, she jumped in with both feet. As a result, the Bayfield market was one of the first out of the gate with a modified business model, so it was able to open relatively early in the summer.
The market now has a preorder/prepay standard that allows vendors and customers to have a virtually contactless transaction. All products are ordered online with a secure system for every vendor in one handy site. The online shop opens on Sundays at 8 a.m. and closes Wednesday at 11 p.m. for Friday pick-up. Pick-up times are from 3-4 p.m. or 4-5 p.m., depending on where you fall in the alphabet. For a $5 fee, you can select delivery within 15 kilometres of Bayfield at checkout.
The pick-up area is the parking lot at the north side of Clan Gregor Square, as the park was still closed as of this writing.
With the pandemic restrictions in place, they are only able to offer food items. Organizers and vendors are serious about the local food movement at the Bayfield market. Any food that vendors sell must be produced within 75 kilometres of Bayfield, which doesn’t restrict the variety on offer because there are so many growers in the local area, from produce and meat to baked goods and preserves. The food can only be produced by the vendor, as resellers are not allowed at this market.
To order, you can access the Open Food Network platform from bayfieldfarmersmarket.com.