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“An online market is super-important,” said Clements. That has become more evident during COVID-19 as restrictions and infection fears keep customers from their usual shopping routines.
So the farm school signed up with B.C. Local Root, which offers to sell and deliver goods for the dozens of vendors who normally sell their produce and products at one of six Vancouver summer markets.
Vancouver Farmers Market entered into the partnership with B.C. Local Root to give shoppers a third option to shop at the six summer and two winter markets, said Laura Smit, VFM’s interim executive director.
She said COVID-19 restrictions have cut in-person traffic to the markets by 50 per cent at some of the locations and online ordering was left up to individual vendors, who may or may not offer delivery. B.C. Local Root offers a centralized online system that would allow shoppers to choose items