Market in the Creek helps Stoney Creekers eat local during the pandemic

News Jul 03, 2020 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Things may look a little different this year, but Market in the Creek is still feeding an appetite for local food in Stoney Creek during the coronavirus pandemic.

Organized by the Stoney Creek Business Improvement Area, the market has been a boon for many vendors and a virtual lifeline for others. It runs Thursday evenings, 4 to 7 p.m., along the south side of King Street East, between Lake and Mountain avenues.

BIA executive director Tracy MacKinnon said organizers took a cautious approach towards this year’s event, to address concerns around COVID-19.

Market patrons are asked to practise physical distancing and to enter the market from a starting point near the corner of King and Lake. Patrons are also asked to provide their last name and postal code for contact tracing purposes. The benches at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 622, are taped off to limit gatherings. The market exits near the rear entrance of the legion.

“We’ve had a lot of seniors out,” said MacKinnon. “This is sort of their weekly social gathering, with physical distancing, of course.”

“A lot of vendors were wanting to do it,” MacKinnon added. “And we’re smaller and more manageable. We also really wanted to help local businesses and the local farmers.”

Now in its second year, Market in the Creek has prioritized food over artisan vendors this year.

The weekly markets will continue until Thanksgiving.

“We started with strawberries and we’ll end with pumpkins,” MacKinnon noted.

Main produce vendor Murphy’s Country Produce is back this year, along with some new vendors like Murray’s Farm of Cambridge and Green United.

Caroline Sharp from Green United was selling fresh mixed greens and garlic at the July 2 market. Sharp said the Waterdown farm has benefited from the added exposure of Market in the Creek.

“It’s nice,” she said. “I’ve already got some regulars. It’s a good location. People are driving by and looking all the time.”

Sandy Carvalho Pavao of Cake Empire has used the market to showcase her store’s custom cakes for all occasions and other baked goods, like cupcakes brownies and cookies. Cake Empire recently relocated from a Highway 8 location to 70 King St. E., in the heart of the Stoney Creek BIA. The move, said Carvalho Pavao, has helped to generate more foot traffic.

“It’s definitely been better, even with the whole COVID situation,” she said.

The Royal Canadian Legion, Battlefield Branch 622 has partnered with Market in the Creek, offering takeout orders of fish and chips every Thursday evening.

Legion president Joyce Brown said Branch 622 has lost all of its facility rentals and special events, like dances and karaoke nights, due to the pandemic.

During the first three weeks of Market in the Creek, the legion has sold out of fish and chip dinners, offering 125 orders each week.

“So far, that’s been our only source of revenue,” Brown said. “But this has been very successful for us. We thank the Stoney Creek BIA for letting us join them.”

Brown said the legion executive is considering adding Tuesday night fish and chip sales as well.

She is hopeful the legion might be permitted to reopen by September but isn’t sure what the new normal will be.

“They’re saying right now that you can’t have any singing or dancing,” said Brown. “A lot of our fundraisers are karaoke or dances, so that kind of puts the kibosh on that. But hopefully we’ll make it through this just fine.”

The legion is also accepting donations, Brown noted.


STORY BEHIND THE STORY: We wanted to find out how Stoney Creek’s Market in the Creek is operating during the coronavirus pandemic in accordance with the province’s Stage 2 reopening protocols.

Market in the Creek helps Stoney Creekers eat local during the pandemic

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News Jul 03, 2020 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Things may look a little different this year, but Market in the Creek is still feeding an appetite for local food in Stoney Creek during the coronavirus pandemic.

Organized by the Stoney Creek Business Improvement Area, the market has been a boon for many vendors and a virtual lifeline for others. It runs Thursday evenings, 4 to 7 p.m., along the south side of King Street East, between Lake and Mountain avenues.

BIA executive director Tracy MacKinnon said organizers took a cautious approach towards this year’s event, to address concerns around COVID-19.

Market patrons are asked to practise physical distancing and to enter the market from a starting point near the corner of King and Lake. Patrons are also asked to provide their last name and postal code for contact tracing purposes. The benches at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 622, are taped off to limit gatherings. The market exits near the rear entrance of the legion.

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“We’ve had a lot of seniors out,” said MacKinnon. “This is sort of their weekly social gathering, with physical distancing, of course.”

“A lot of vendors were wanting to do it,” MacKinnon added. “And we’re smaller and more manageable. We also really wanted to help local businesses and the local farmers.”

Now in its second year, Market in the Creek has prioritized food over artisan vendors this year.

The weekly markets will continue until Thanksgiving.

“We started with strawberries and we’ll end with pumpkins,” MacKinnon noted.

Main produce vendor Murphy’s Country Produce is back this year, along with some new vendors like Murray’s Farm of Cambridge and Green United.

Caroline Sharp from Green United was selling fresh mixed greens and garlic at the July 2 market. Sharp said the Waterdown farm has benefited from the added exposure of Market in the Creek.

“It’s nice,” she said. “I’ve already got some regulars. It’s a good location. People are driving by and looking all the time.”

Sandy Carvalho Pavao of Cake Empire has used the market to showcase her store’s custom cakes for all occasions and other baked goods, like cupcakes brownies and cookies. Cake Empire recently relocated from a Highway 8 location to 70 King St. E., in the heart of the Stoney Creek BIA. The move, said Carvalho Pavao, has helped to generate more foot traffic.

“It’s definitely been better, even with the whole COVID situation,” she said.

The Royal Canadian Legion, Battlefield Branch 622 has partnered with Market in the Creek, offering takeout orders of fish and chips every Thursday evening.

Legion president Joyce Brown said Branch 622 has lost all of its facility rentals and special events, like dances and karaoke nights, due to the pandemic.

During the first three weeks of Market in the Creek, the legion has sold out of fish and chip dinners, offering 125 orders each week.

“So far, that’s been our only source of revenue,” Brown said. “But this has been very successful for us. We thank the Stoney Creek BIA for letting us join them.”

Brown said the legion executive is considering adding Tuesday night fish and chip sales as well.

She is hopeful the legion might be permitted to reopen by September but isn’t sure what the new normal will be.

“They’re saying right now that you can’t have any singing or dancing,” said Brown. “A lot of our fundraisers are karaoke or dances, so that kind of puts the kibosh on that. But hopefully we’ll make it through this just fine.”

The legion is also accepting donations, Brown noted.


STORY BEHIND THE STORY: We wanted to find out how Stoney Creek’s Market in the Creek is operating during the coronavirus pandemic in accordance with the province’s Stage 2 reopening protocols.

Market in the Creek helps Stoney Creekers eat local during the pandemic

Thursday market returns with new protocols

News Jul 03, 2020 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Things may look a little different this year, but Market in the Creek is still feeding an appetite for local food in Stoney Creek during the coronavirus pandemic.

Organized by the Stoney Creek Business Improvement Area, the market has been a boon for many vendors and a virtual lifeline for others. It runs Thursday evenings, 4 to 7 p.m., along the south side of King Street East, between Lake and Mountain avenues.

BIA executive director Tracy MacKinnon said organizers took a cautious approach towards this year’s event, to address concerns around COVID-19.

Market patrons are asked to practise physical distancing and to enter the market from a starting point near the corner of King and Lake. Patrons are also asked to provide their last name and postal code for contact tracing purposes. The benches at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 622, are taped off to limit gatherings. The market exits near the rear entrance of the legion.

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“We’ve had a lot of seniors out,” said MacKinnon. “This is sort of their weekly social gathering, with physical distancing, of course.”

“A lot of vendors were wanting to do it,” MacKinnon added. “And we’re smaller and more manageable. We also really wanted to help local businesses and the local farmers.”

Now in its second year, Market in the Creek has prioritized food over artisan vendors this year.

The weekly markets will continue until Thanksgiving.

“We started with strawberries and we’ll end with pumpkins,” MacKinnon noted.

Main produce vendor Murphy’s Country Produce is back this year, along with some new vendors like Murray’s Farm of Cambridge and Green United.

Caroline Sharp from Green United was selling fresh mixed greens and garlic at the July 2 market. Sharp said the Waterdown farm has benefited from the added exposure of Market in the Creek.

“It’s nice,” she said. “I’ve already got some regulars. It’s a good location. People are driving by and looking all the time.”

Sandy Carvalho Pavao of Cake Empire has used the market to showcase her store’s custom cakes for all occasions and other baked goods, like cupcakes brownies and cookies. Cake Empire recently relocated from a Highway 8 location to 70 King St. E., in the heart of the Stoney Creek BIA. The move, said Carvalho Pavao, has helped to generate more foot traffic.

“It’s definitely been better, even with the whole COVID situation,” she said.

The Royal Canadian Legion, Battlefield Branch 622 has partnered with Market in the Creek, offering takeout orders of fish and chips every Thursday evening.

Legion president Joyce Brown said Branch 622 has lost all of its facility rentals and special events, like dances and karaoke nights, due to the pandemic.

During the first three weeks of Market in the Creek, the legion has sold out of fish and chip dinners, offering 125 orders each week.

“So far, that’s been our only source of revenue,” Brown said. “But this has been very successful for us. We thank the Stoney Creek BIA for letting us join them.”

Brown said the legion executive is considering adding Tuesday night fish and chip sales as well.

She is hopeful the legion might be permitted to reopen by September but isn’t sure what the new normal will be.

“They’re saying right now that you can’t have any singing or dancing,” said Brown. “A lot of our fundraisers are karaoke or dances, so that kind of puts the kibosh on that. But hopefully we’ll make it through this just fine.”

The legion is also accepting donations, Brown noted.


STORY BEHIND THE STORY: We wanted to find out how Stoney Creek’s Market in the Creek is operating during the coronavirus pandemic in accordance with the province’s Stage 2 reopening protocols.