Nelson inviting applications for farmers’ market advisory committee

Alys Ford, produce vendor, is part of Nelson’s socially distanced farmers’ market at Cottonwood Park on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Photos by Bill Metcalfe
Nelson’s socially distanced Cottonwood Market, June, 2020. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson’s socially distanced Cottonwood Market, June, 2020. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson’s socially distanced Cottonwood Market, June, 2020. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Farm vendor Scott Humphries at Nelson’s Cottonwood Market. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

The City of Nelson is forming an advisory committee to help steer the farmers’ market and is calling for applications — but get yours in soon, because the deadline is Friday at noon.

“This committee will be made up of business owners, vendors, and community members,” says the Nelson and District Youth Centre’s Jordan Martin, “to provide insight and guidance to make the market successful.”

The city-run youth centre now runs the markets after the city recently took them over from the West Kootenay EcoSociety. Martin manages the markets as well as the city’s parkade and campground.

“The market is the heart of our community,” she says. “We want the community to collectively decide how the market should operate.”

Members will be selected based on their experience and expertise, she says, and the goal is have a committee with a variety of skills, knowledge and perspectives.

This year the farmers’ market runs Wednesdays and Saturdays at Cottonwood Park and the set-up is controlled to comply with provincial COVID-19 guidelines.

This precludes anything that promotes gathering, like live music.

“It’s a shop-don’t-stop kind of idea,” Martin says. “You’re going there to pick up your food and your produce, and then you’re making your way home.”

She said the committee will decide how the health guidelines are followed and eventually changed or lifted.

Anyone interested in joining the committee should fill out an online application form at nelson.ca/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=481.

Related:

City of Nelson takes over farmers’ markets from EcoSociety

B.C. farmers markets restricted to food sales only due to COVID-19



bill.metcalfe@nelsonstar.com

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