Support the Markets
Vancouver Farmers Markets are essential to the community and local economy.
Our weekly farmers markets are running as essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering fresh, local food to the public in safe outdoor settings while supporting over 250 BC producers. Over the last year, we have experienced many challenges to our operations but remain committed to providing safe and vibrant farmers markets for the City of Vancouver, now and in the future. *Donate now to help us in this work.
Vancouver Farmers Markets is a small, community-based non-profit that has been serving the community with local food since 1995. Now it its 25th season, VFM is playing a critical role in supporting small farms and essential food access during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We need your help. VFM’s operations have been significantly impacted by the changes brought on by the pandemic. In 2020, we experienced financial impacts in excess of $100,000 and are predicting a similar impact again in 2021.
More than 250 small farms and food businesses rely on Vancouver Farmers Markets for their livelihoods, and thousands of people depend on them for access to fresh, healthy food. Now, more than ever, Vancouver Farmers Markets are essential. Pledge your support today – your generous donation will help us:
+ Keep our markets safe and open with best safety practices, including monitored physical distancing, directional signage, hand sanitizing stations, and increased space between vendor stalls.
+ Support our producers by providing weekly opportunities to sell to the public during the pandemic, increased access to sales through VFM Online Orders, and support and advocacy for those unable to attend markets at this time.
+ Work with municipal and provincial officials to keep farmers markets open as an essential service, and to meet all requirements to ensure they are a safe place to shop during the pandemic.
+ Provide access to fresh food for low income families. We support over 400 households each season through the Fresh to Families Project and Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program.
Six ways you can support the markets this summer:
Become a Member: A fun way to support Vancouver Farmers Markets during the COVID-19 pandemic, Market Membership provides you with a host of exclusive benefits including discounts from our vendors and VFM-branded merch! A $20 membership helps a lot – but if you have the means, a $50, $100, or $250 membership will go further to support us in our mission. Sign up or find out more on our Membership page: eatlocal.org/membership
*Make a donation: If membership isn’t a fit, consider making a donation to Vancouver Farmers Markets in any amount. You can donate on this page: eatlocal.org/donate.
Sign up to be a Volunteer: We are looking for front-line volunteers at all of our summer markets to help us regulate entrances/exits and manage line-ups. More info at eatlocal.org/volunteer
Shop Frequently: Consider shifting more of your food dollars to local purchasing from BC farms and producers at one of our weekly neighbourhood markets.
Sponsor a Market: Now, more than ever, we are grateful to the businesses in our community that are providing vital support to our market operations. If you are a BC-based business interested in supporting Vancouver Farmers Markets through our sponsorship program, find out more at eatlocal.org/sponsorship. Hats off to our 2020 Summer Market Sponsors, Galvanize, Fasken, Odlum Brown, CAI Capital Partners, Golden Properties, ElectroRecycle, and EVO Car Share!
Share a Post: Even if you can’t come to the market, liking, tagging or sharing our posts helps us get the word out to others that we are open and adapting. We’re @vanmarkets on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
*Please note: Vancouver Farmers Markets is a registered non-profit organization, but not a registered charity. We are unable to issue tax receipts for donations.