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#21 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 05:05 AM

There will be no bustle of the Wednesday market this year on Oak Bay Avenue.

 

The annual market, traditionally held the second Wednesday of the month June through September, is a victim of space constraints amid a distanced world for 2021.

 

Heather Leary, organizer of the night market hosted by the Business Improvement Association, said she keeps hearing rumblings the patios are to blame. She insists those are not the hindrance, but space in general, and a need to police attendees.

 

 

https://www.vicnews....-winter-events/


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Posted 05 June 2021 - 03:53 AM

Satnam Dheensaw floats his hand over a green produce tray as candy-red berries cascade through his spread fingers. It’s one of several delicate hand checks his strawberries go through just minutes after they come off the vine at Gobind Farms in Central Saanich.

 

“Look at that, these are picture perfect berries,” Dheensaw said.

 

After weeks of waiting until they’re just right, a couple hot late May days has Greater Victoria’s strawberry growers at crunch time. The berries are at peak ripeness and need to be picked fast, but a gentle hand is needed to free each one from the plant without bruising them.

 

“We’ve been picking every day, seven days a week,” Dheensaw said, adding that 11 acres of early berries are ready to go. “When that berry is ripe, it’s got to be picked, it can’t sit an extra day.”

 

Strawberry season started almost a week earlier than last year, he added, and would’ve been even earlier had the nights not been so cool.

 

 

https://www.vicnews....to-meet-demand/


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#23 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 July 2021 - 06:38 AM

The 2021 Oaklands Sunset Market is up and running and takes over the Oaklands Community Centre on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 

The June 30 opening market kicked off what will be the event’s biggest season to date, with more than 50 local farm and food vendors and five food trucks on site for the evening at 2827 Belmont Ave. now through Sept. 1.

The event opened with a First Nations blessing and traditional dance, and local rock and country band Born Reckless entertained patrons with a live performance.

 

 

 

https://www.vicnews....et-in-victoria/


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#24 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 November 2021 - 06:52 AM

With many of the usual Christmas craft shows and markets being cancelled due to pandemic restrictions, Westcoast Impressions is hosting a special, one-of-kind OUTDOOR Christmas Market on November 14 at the Mary Winspear Centre. In the old-fashioned tradition of outdoor markets, the Sidney Christmas Market will be open "come rain or shine". This is an opportunity to shop local and find unique Christmas gifts created by Island entrepreneurs, artisans and producers.

 

There will be a door prize, prizes for the best-decorated booth, music, fun and much more!

 

 

https://www.sidneyst...hristmas-market


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#25 Nparker

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Posted 14 November 2021 - 07:29 AM

Today's weather doesn't suggest this event will be well-attended.  :(


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#26 Mike K.

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Posted 02 May 2022 - 09:05 AM

From the province:

 

Additional federal-provincial funding is coming to the BC Farmers’ Market Expansion Program, further supporting the province's local farmers' markets and vendors.

 

“Each public market is a privileged meeting place between our agri-food producers and consumers where relationships of trust are built,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “While supply chains are under pressure, using shorter supply chains is one way to promote food self-sufficiency. This new investment will allow many of British Columbia’s public markets to be even better equipped to serve their communities.”

 

The BC Farmers’ Market Expansion Program is reopening, making $142,500 available to eligible farmers’ markets that did not receive funding in the first round. Each successful applicant can receive as much as $15,000.

 

“Farmers’ markets are the heart of our communities, and it’s extremely important they're able to continue operating, especially during times of need such as emergencies,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture and Food. “The response to the initial round of funding was so great that it was clear we needed to help more markets in their efforts to expand and operate during critical times. This will help support local food security and build a strong food economy for B.C.”

 

Funding for this one-time, reimbursement-based program is being shared by the federal and provincial governments through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and is being delivered in collaboration with the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets. The program will help farmers' markets grow and to operate during emergencies, while supporting the markets' long-term success and contributing to resilient local food systems.

 

"The BC Farmers' Market Expansion Program has made everything we have been working toward a reality,” said Madeline Bourette-Knowles, executive director of the Esquimalt Farmers' Market, a recipient of program support in the first round of funding. “This program has provided us with the support we needed to increase the effectiveness of our systems, support emerging vendors, grow to a twice-weekly market, and increase our capacity in terms of both vendor numbers and sales."

 

The program reopens on Monday, May 2, 2022, when it will begin accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is fully allocated. To apply, visit: https://www.surveymo...m/r/fmexpansion

Funding is provided by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3-billion commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sectors. This includes a $2-billion commitment that is cost-shared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories.


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#27 Nparker

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Posted 02 May 2022 - 09:50 AM

...“Farmers’ markets are the heart of our communities, and it’s extremely important they're able to continue operating, especially during times of need such as emergencies,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture and Food. ,,

In my experience, anyone living on a tight budget cannot afford to shop at most farmers' markets, emergency or not.


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#28 Matt R.

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Posted 02 May 2022 - 01:05 PM

The Tuesday farmers market on salt spring has vouchers available from Community Services so low or no income people can access farm fresh produce. I assume it’s very popular.

#29 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 May 2022 - 03:41 PM

Metchosin Day cancelled due to parking challenges

Field used as temporary parking lot no longer available



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Classic.

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#30 spanky123

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Posted 06 May 2022 - 04:28 PM

^ Bicycles?



#31 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 May 2022 - 03:49 PM

Luxton Spring Fair returns to Langford May long weekend
After a two-year break due to the pandemic, the fair is back with rides, games and historical demos


https://www.vicnews....y-long-weekend/

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#32 lanforod

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Posted 08 May 2022 - 10:02 PM

I miss the rodeo.


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#33 Victoria Watcher

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Posted Yesterday, 06:17 AM

Hillside Centre hosts Market Collective today, 10am-4pm. Featuring 70+ local artisans, a prize draw, music, and more. Or check out vintage shopping and entertainment in Market Square at the ReLove Market, 12-5pm.


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#34 aastra

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Posted Yesterday, 10:15 AM

Are we familiar with this artist? www.artbysharonlam.com

 

Pretty neat stuff. If she keeps at it she might end up documenting every building in town.


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