Chamber thanks government for inclusion of non-food vendors
VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce welcomes the reintroduction of non-food vendors to farmers markets in B.C.
On March 19, provincial authorities lifted the health order that had prohibited crafters and other non-food vendors from farmers markets since Dec. 3, 2020.
“The Greater Vernon Chamber was part of an effort that urged the inclusion of non-food vendors at markets and we thank Dr. Henry, Premier Horgan, Minister Dix and MLA Sandhu for recognizing the significant contribution of all vendors to our economy and community,” said Krystin Kempton, Greater Vernon Chamber president.
On Feb. 4, the Chamber wrote a letter to the provincial government expressing its concerns about the health order as non-food vendors depend on markets to sell their goods and markets rely on the extra revenue from non-food vendors to operate.
“Our Chamber was proud to partner with the Vernon Farmers Market on advocating for change and the positive outcome clearly demonstrates the strong voice the Chamber creates for its members and the business community,” said Kempton.
“We are confident that market organizers and individual vendors will do everything possible to ensure the safety of consumers.”
The indoor Vernon Farmers Market has wrapped up for the season and the outdoor market begins April 15 at the Kal Tire Place North parking lot.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dan Proulx, General Manager
Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce
P: 250-545-0771 E: firstname.lastname@example.org