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Thyme for new round of farmers market program funding

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Thyme for new round of farmers market program funding

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Ministry of Health
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Ministry of Agriculture
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250 356-7098
Media Contacts
Ministry of Health
Communications
778 678-5200
Ministry of Agriculture
Media Relations
250 356-7098

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Facts about farmers markets in B.C.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture is supporting local farmers and food companies by investing $550,000 to help B.C. farmers and food and beverage processors overcome some lost sales during the COVID-19 pandemic by moving their products online.
  • Families, seniors and pregnant women can access the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon program by contacting community partner agencies. Information on partner agencies are available on the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets’ (BCAFM) website: https://bcfarmersmarket.org/coupon-program/where-it-operates/
  • Food literacy programs are offered by community organizations throughout the province.
  • The coupon program is available to all farmers markets in B.C. that are current members of the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets and meet certain criteria. Farmers markets can visit the association’s website for more information. Applications for 2020 are currently closed.
  • The number of households enrolled in the program has increased from 3,107 in 2017-18 to 5,405 in 2019-20.
  • All BCAFM markets currently operating in B.C. have put protocols in place to help ensure the health and safety of vendors, organizers and customers.
  • The BCAFM is a provincially registered, non-profit society that represents over 145 farmers markets throughout the province. At member markets, the focus is on selling fresh, B.C.-grown or prepared foods and vendors must make, bake or grow the products they sell.

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