In This Issue
- BCAFM Welcomes New Staff
- Reminder: Share your farmers’ market’s details for our NEW Market Finder
- Must Have Resources
- FOODSAFE Level 1 - Don’t Delay, Recertify Today!
- Certificates issued before July 29, 2013 will expire July 29, 2018
- Hot Off the Press! BC Farmers’ Market Directories
- Coupon Program Gets a Boost
- Welcome New Member Farmers’ Markets
- Member Farmers' Market Highlight
- Marketing Tip
In April, we welcomed two new staff to the BCAFM team. Tahlia is the new Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program Coordinator, and Meredith is the new Administration and Special Projects Coordinator. Learn more about Tahlia and Meredith here.
To help us showcase your farmers’ market as accurately as possible, we need some additional information from you.
We’re designing a new and improved consumer-facing market finder – called the BCFarmers’ Market Trail – to better showcase your farmers’ market. Launching this season, it will include farmers’ market listings, with easy-to-use functionality, photos, search options, market details, and more.
Be ‘in the know’ about food safety at farmers’ markets, andkeep this guide by your side! The Guidelines contain important information regarding low risk and high risk foods, and the preparation and display of foods for sale at farmers’ markets. Market managers and vendors should be familiar with these Guidelines.
Download the Guidelines.
Did you know that most gift cards are not allowed to expire or have fees? Consumer Protection BC has all the information you need to know about expiry dates, fees, and what information you must disclose to shoppers. Learn more from Consumer Protection BC
Starting September 1, 2018, the BC Ministry of Agriculture will require all domestically produced and processed food and beverage products marketed in BC as “organic” to becertified through an accredited federal or provincial program. Learn more about organic certification changes
Has your society transitioned to the new BC Societies Act? The deadline to transition
is November 28, 2018. The new act includes significant updates to allow for more flexibility in how societies operate, while still protecting the public interest.
To support members in transitioning to the new Societies Act, and adopting best practices for non-profit governance BCAFM worked with a legal firm to design a customizable bylawtemplate for use by farmers’ market member societies. The template was designed inconjunction with the BCAFM bylaws.
For a copy of the template, please email: email@example.com.
The study also found that while residents are buying B.C. products primarily from mainstream outlets, diversification is taking place. More than 60% of people are buying local products at specialty stores and farmers’ markets, and from emerging options, such assubscription and delivery services.
Research shows that 95% of people who took the FOODSAFE Level 1 course five years ago or earlierwould fail the exam if they wrote it today. That’s whythe BC Centre for Disease Control announced that all FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued in BC as of July 29, 2013 would have a five-year expiry date. All certificates issued before that date will expire on July 29, 2018.
Get information about recertification and read the FAQ here.
Thanks to the BC Government Buy BC program, we were able to print 50,000 copies of the directory this year – a record number for the BCAFM! In addition to sending copies tomember farmers’ markets, we have distributed the directories to visitor centres across theprovince, public libraries, and other public venues. If you know of any local venues willing to distribute the directories, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Health Minister Adrian Dix and Agriculture Minister Lana Popham making the funding announcement at Trout Lake Farmers Market in Vancouver. (May 5, 2018)
The BCAFM Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program has expanded! In May, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced a $750,000 funding boost over two years. This has increased the weekly value of coupons to $21 per participant, and an additional 450 pregnant women will be added to the program by 2019.
Photo: Jesse Woodward, Nelson’s Cottonwood Community Market manager; Jocelyn Carver, Columbia Basin Trust board member; Eric Struxness, Ravine Creek Farm; Peter Leblanc, FMNCP Manager, BCAFM. (June 9, 2018)
In June, the Columbia Basin Trust announced a $100,000 contribution to the program in their region. This has reduced wait lists in the Columbia Basin and Kootenay Rockies region, andadded five local farmers’ markets and 225 families to the program.
We’re excited to have the following farmers’ markets join the BCAFM family in 2018: Agassiz Farm Fresh Market, Cariboo Direct Farm Market in Williams Lake, Cobble Hill Farmers’Market, Cultus Lake Summer Farmers’ Market, Denman Island Farmers Market, Port Hardy Farmers Market, and Tsawwassen Farmers Market.
This year, there are a total of 104 farmers’ market members (voting members), operating 145+ farmers’ markets in all regions of BC. If you happen to be traveling this summer andend up in one of the above communities, don’t forget to stop by the market to say “Hi!”
In an effort to reduce plastics and keep their farmers’ market as waste-free as possible,
the Kelowna Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market started a tote bag sharing initiative. Shoppers who forget to bring a reusable bag can grab one from the bin, and those who have extra tote bags at home can drop them off for others to use.
Are your farmers’ market details – dates, times, location + parking info – front and centre on your website + social media channels? It may sound obvious, but a surprising number offarmers’ market bury this information deep in their website, making it challenging for shoppers to find it.
Here are a few examples of markets that make this information easy to access on their home page: