Markets are back for 2021 with fresh fruits and vegetables, chicken and seafood on tap – with a return of non-food vendors offering crafts, clothing, jewelry and more.
Many of the markets aim to be waste-free. Customers can help by bringing shopping bags, water bottles and plates and cutlery for eating from the food trucks.
To keep markets open and safe, shoppers are encouraged to protect themselves, fellow guests and market staff and vendors. Basic protocols include: staying home if you feel sick; observe physical distancing from others; don’t linger, allow others to shop; wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face; cough or sneeze int a tissue or elbow; avoid handling items you don’t intend to buy; and regularly wash reusable bags and baskets.
Here’s a list of south Island markets on the go this spring/summer season:
Moss Street Market – Victoria
While it operates year-round, the ‘regular market’ at the corner of Moss Street and Fairfield Road kicked into effect in May. The market runs Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October, when it moves indoors.
Oaklands Sunset Market – Victoria
The Oaklands Community Association hosts this market June 30 to Sept. 1. It runs Wednesday evenings 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oaklands Community Centre, 2827 Belmont Ave.
James Bay Outdoor Community Market – Victoria
Now through Oct. 2, it runs Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of Menzies and Superior streets in James Bay.
Esquimalt Farmers Market – Esquimalt
Summer markets are Thursdays, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. now through Sept. 16 at Bullen Field behind the Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser St. A fall schedule is yet to come.
Sidney Street Market – Sidney
In a pandemic-related shift in both time and place, the 2021 market runs Sundays in the Mary Winspear Centre parking lot. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. now through Oct. 10.
North Saanich Farm Market – North Saanich
Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John’s United Church (10990 West Saanich Rd.) across from Deep Cove School – park at the church or on the street. Now through Oct. 10.
Peninsula Country Market – Central Saanich
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. now through October at the Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly’s Cross Rd.
Goldstream Farmers Market – Langford
Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Veterans’ Memorial Park, at the corner of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway now through Oct. 9.
Metchosin Farmers’ Market – Metchosin
Sundays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Metchosin Municipal Grounds, 4450 Happy Valley Rd.
Sooke Country Market – Sooke
The market runs now through Oct. 9 on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in John Phillips Memorial Park.
Cobble Hill Farmers’ Market – Cobble Hill
The Bee Friendly Village Market – Thursdays 5 to 8:30 p.m. now through September at the Cobble Hill Hall grounds, 3550 Watson Ave.
Duncan Farmers’ Market – Duncan
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the Duncan City Square and Ingram Street. The entrance is Kenneth Street at Craig Street.
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