The Steveston Farmers and Artisan Market is planning to open at the Easthope Parking lot this year.
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Steveston market set to re-open
By Don Fennell
Published 1:35 PDT, Wed April 14, 2021
Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021
Plans are afoot to re-open the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market next month.
While it will be smaller this year due to health restrictions and required distancing between vendors, committee chair Alan Sakai says between 25 and 40 vendors—depending on the day—are expected. That includes many of the past favourites.
“Some of our vendors are having difficulty because seasonal workers are not available, so our first markets will feature flower baskets and bedding plants and artisan goods rather than fruits and vegetables,” he says. “The fruits will be coming later in the season.”
Sakai says the market will offer people a place to get out and soak up the summer sun. But, he stressed, all protocols that apply to vendors and volunteers will also apply to patrons.
“People are looking for safe ways to get out and exercise and socialize and the market can be one of those places,” he says, noting that limiting the number of vendors and patrons will ensure people remain safely distanced and that hand sanitizing stations will also be in place.
The planned opening date is May 9, with hours of operation from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Additional dates scheduled are June 6 and 20, July 4 and 18, Aug. 1, 15 and 29, and Sept. 5. The same hours will apply to each day.
The market will be located in the Easthope parking lot on Moncton Street, across from the Steveston Community Centre.
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