Virden’s Farmers Market opened on May 28 and will operate all summer until the last Friday, Sept. 24, at their location on Sixth Ave. with their last Friday planned for Sept. 24.
Noni Rolston, the market coordinator says, “We have many returning favorite vendors as well as some new ones.”
Returning vendors include Fay Tapp's Baking, Virden Pioneer Museum, Colwell Canning, Dorothy Gow with Avon, Marlene Chapman's Baking, Andrea Allerton and her sewing as well as produce and canning. Peters Market Garden and Robert Heath will be returning as well, but later in the season.
New seasonal vendors you will see every week include: Rhonda Walker with teas and flowers from The Garden Shoppe; Cross Country Cousins with handmade soap and candles, and Clockwork Heroins Cauldron of Crafts with dreamcatchers, clothing and personalized items.
“As the season progresses, we will be seeing more vendors and more variety,” says Rolston. She also welcomes new vendors and can be reached at: email@example.com
So, look forward to new weekly vendors bringing baking, jewellery, fabric and quilting supplies, Watkins products, Pampered Chef products, and handmade soaps and bath products.
Here’s what the current health orders require, when shopping at the farmers market:
- Wear a mask.
- Wash hands - a wash station at the entrance, hand sanitizer within the market.
- One person per household may enter the market at a time
- No lingering and visiting extensively at the market.
- Please allow for physical distancing.
- Only one customer per vendor table, unless the vendor has a two-table set up and can allow for two customers and maintain physical distancing.
- Do NOT arrive before the 10 a.m. opening time. This gives time and space for vendors to set up.
In order to keep the market within the health orders, here’s Rolston’s directions: “The market is NOT a social gathering, it is a place to shop.” The same restrictions as all retails must follow also apply to the outdoor market - 10% of capacity, or 100 people and for that reason she stipulates that just a single family member do the shopping.
“Please do not meet up with people to visit and shop together,” She adds, “There will be directional shopping, and only a certain amount of people allowed at a time.”
The Drive -Through Market will serve people on the Train Station side of the market. Enter off Sixth Ave. beside the Town Yard Sale board, follow the arrows.
Orders must be placed BEFORE Friday in order to use the drive through. There will be an updated list of vendors on Facebook and Instagram each Wednesday.
Call the vendor(s) to place your order BEFORE Friday. Let the vendor know you want Drive-Through service. Pay when you order, if possible.
On Friday, arrive at the Drive-Through between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. When the attendant greets you, tell them your name, which vendor(s) you ordered from and (if you haven’t paid ahead) pay now. The attendants will deliver your payment to the vendor and deliver your order to your vehicle.
You can pay with a cheque or with the exact cash amount, as no change will be provided.
Rolston stresses, “The Drive Through Market is ONLY for customers who already have ordered from a vendor(s).” She asks that people not park there or use it as a shortcut into the market.
People should not leave their vehicles while in the Drive-Through. “We are following all the current restrictions, including how many people we can have at the market. If you leave your vehicle, that is no longer 'curbside pickup' and will affect the amount of people we can let in. If you need to leave your vehicle and speak to a vendor, please drive to the parking lot on corner of Lyons St and 6th Ave and enter the market at the shopping entrance.
“As the season progresses, and restrictions ease up, we will adjust as we can. We thank each of our wonderful vendors and dear customers for working with us and keeping the market safe for everyone,” says Rolston.