On March 26, 2020 the Province, in consultation with Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, has defined essential services British Columbians rely on in their daily lives in the context of COVID-19 response and recovery. This list includes “retail: grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers markets and other establishments engaged in the retail sale or provision of food”.
Below are some things to consider prior to arriving to any of our markets:
1. Do not attend the market if you are sick, are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 or have traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.
2. We are designated as an essential service not an event and as such we are exempt from the 50 person limit. We are required to ensure that a 2 m physical distance can be maintained.
3. There is no music or live entertainment and no seating.
4. Entrances are controlled to ensure that there is enough room for physical distancing.
5. Customers are asked to send one designated representative where possible.
6. Customers are asked to “Shop NOT Stop”
7. Pets (other than service pets) are not permitted
Check out the video showing our market during COVID-19.
Welcome to our new Online Farmers’ Market.
This online platform is meant to compliment our “on the ground” farmers market, not replace it.
During COVID-19 our online market is especially important to keep the residents of the Comox Valley and beyond supplied with fresh, local and nutritionally dense food. Although our store is operational, we are still working with vendors to make sure all your favorite products are available.
Please be patient as we bring our vendors and their products on board and work out some kinks such as delivery locations and dates. As we make changes, we will keep you updated. If the product you are looking for is not available in the Online Store contact the vendor directly to make other arrangements. Vendor contact information is located HERE. Happy Shopping!
We have a variety of markets throughout the year in different locations in Courtenay and Cumberland including a year-round Saturday market and seasonal summer markets. Each of these markets offers customers an unique experience.
Looking for a vendor? Want to donate to our New Farmer Bursary Fund? Need a bag? Need Market Tokens? Lost something? Have a suggestion? Please let us know. The Market staff and volunteers can help you; they are located at the market tent which is located near the musician stage.
Vendor Location Maps
Want to know where your favourite vendor is located? Check out our location maps below. You can click on the vendor location dot and find out more information about that specific vendor. Note that these maps are linked to another program that is used to create the vendor location information and is automatically updated to the website at various times though the process and as a result you may not be viewing the map the represents the vendors that will actually be at the market. The final map will be active by 5 pm the night before the market so you will have time to plan out your market day. Happy Shopping!
This is our biggest and longest running market. In the peak of the summer season we can have seventy plus vendors. View the vendor location map before you come to the market to find out which vendors will be there.
Wednesday Market (Downtown Courtenay)
4 PM -7 PM June 17, 2020 to September 2, 2020
England Avenue (between 4th and 5th Street)
Our mid-week market was started in 1997 to give farmers another venue to sell their crops that needed to be harvested during the week. This market has changed location and hours several times since it started but is currently located in Downtown Courtenay. This year we are partnering with the Comox Valley Arts Council and the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association to run the Downtown Courtenay Summer Street Market. View the vendor location map before you come to the market to find out which vendors will be there.
Sunday Market (Cumberland)
10 AM – 1 PM June 21, 2020 to September 13, 2020
Village Square Cumberland
Our newest market started in 2016 in a green space right on the main street in a green space between the Cumberland Village Bakery and the Wandering Moose Café on Dunsmuir Avenue. There are approximately eleven to fifteen weekly vendors with great variety of veggies and fruit, meat, pies, hemp snacks and hempscream, healthy body products, mushrooms, wine and so much more. View the vendor location map before you come to the market to find out which vendors will be there.