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Farmers' market set to reopen in Powell River

Manager says operations will follow provincial COVID-19 guidelines
With social distancing measures in place, people including Sheri Moloughney [left] and Lisa Marie Bhattacharya were still able to come together at Powell River Farmers’ Market in 2020. The market returns to Paradise Valley this weekend.

Powell River Farmers’ Market manager Juhli Jobi is excited about opening this weekend. About 40 vendors will be on hand.

“The spring season always starts with plenty of bedding plants, fresh greens, eggs, frozen meat and berries, preserves, baking, crafts and more,” says Juhli. “We are entering our 34th year and are proud to provide a spot for local farmers, bakers, food producers and crafters to sell their products.”

Even though it is an outdoor market, Juhli is asking people to bring a mask and wear it for those times when social distancing cannot be accommodated.

“We will be operating under the guidelines set forth by the BC Centre for Disease Control,” she adds. “The market will operate as we did last year. We are not yet able to welcome back musicians on the stage or have chairs or toys out yet.”

Additional transportation will be available this year. In cooperation with City of Powell River, a Zunga Bus stop has been added for the market.

“The bus operates in Westview and can drop you off at the corner of Padgett Road and Myrtle Avenue,” explains Juhli. “Walking up Myrtle you will see our back entrance and within a few steps you will be in the heart of the market.”

Juhli says she is appreciative of the people who supported the winter market.

“We will keep an eye out for them at the market, and for everyone else,” she adds. “Our focus always remains: shop local.”

Powell River Farmers’ Market hours are 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays 12:30 to 2:30 pm on Sundays at 4365 McLeod Road.