Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current virus statistics here on Vashon, and the staggering list of state and local, health and safety requirements that would have to be met in order to operate a safe, and welcoming, Market, VIGA has decided to keep the Farmers Market closed for the remainder of the 2020 season.
The Vashon Island Farmers Market is a source of livelihood for many of its vendors. It also holds an important place in the hearts of the Vashon-Maury Island community. However, it is because the health and safety of our community must be our highest priority, that VIGA has taken this extraordinary step.The decision to not open the Farmers Market in 2020 was a difficult one to make, one that was not made lightly. VIGA has been in conversation with, and sought consultation from, market vendors, island community members, and the Seattle King County Department of Public Health while closely monitoring what other markets around the state are doing.
In the meantime, many farmers have begun to partner together. Some are offering CSA’s, some are hosting multiple farmers at their farm stands. In an attempt to support this creative response, VIGA solicits information from its members weekly, asking for updates about what products are available. That information is available at foodaccesspartnership.vigavashon.org/farm-stand-locations as well as highlighted in our weekly newsletter. A list of our other vendors is available at vigavashon.org.
Back in March, when it became apparent that we would have to postpone the opening the Farmers Market, VIGA shifted its time, people, and resources to launch Vashon Fresh early (our online farmers market) to help vendors establish an online presence and begin selling their food, flowers, and crafts through the Vashon Fresh platform (vashonfresh.com).
We have all been impacted by the corona virus crisis. It will be a long time before we can gather again on a bright Saturday, listen to music, buy plates of food, shop from favorite farms and crafters, welcome old customers, and new. It will be a long time, but it will not be forever.
VIGA is always open to feedback and we hope that you reach out if you have questions or concerns. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 778-8001.