Downtown Stoney Creek farmers market ready with new rules

News May 28, 2020 by Richard Leitner Stoney Creek News

Downtown Stoney Creek’s farmers market is readying to return from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays for a second season on June 18, albeit at a new spot and with some coronavirus safeguards.

Business Improvement Area executive director Tracy MacKinnon said Market in the Creek is shifting from the stretch of King Street East between Elm and Mountain avenues to the front and rear of the Stoney Creek Royal Canadian Legion hall.

Unlike last year, though, public-health restrictions won’t allow live performers and require a single entrance and exit for customers, with hand sanitizer at each location.

MacKinnon said market must also limit the number of customers at any one time, enforce physical distancing and record the names of shoppers for contact tracing in case one or more gets the virus.

Even so, she’s optimistic the market will once again be a popular draw, with many of the 14 vendors who have signed on so far back for a second year.

They include three farms, Lincoln Line Orchards, Murphy’s Country Produce and Murray’s Farm. Among newcomers is Stoney Creek’s Beez Smootheez, specializing in healthy smoothies, juices and plant-based foods.

“It’s done pretty well, because pretty much all the vendors have come back,” MacKinnon said of the market, which runs into October.

“They’ve said there’s good clientele, there’s good walkability, good traffic and great people in Stoney Creek that like to support local.”

MacKinnon said planning for other downtown events, like Jazz in the Creek and Art in the Parking Lot, is on hold for now because of city prohibitions on large outdoor gatherings, in effect at least until July 2.

But she said the BIA is exploring holding smaller events at individual businesses where it’s possible to maintain physical distancing and possibly hosting online concerts on Facebook to support local artists.

“We sort of have fluid plans that change as per what’s going to be allowed and what’s not going to be allowed.”

Vendors who’ve signed on for Market in the Creek include Murphy's Country Produce, Lincoln Line Orchards, Murray's Farm, Hammerhead's on Ottawa, Branching Path Farm, Sprinkles on Top Bakery, Suzie's Gluten Free Kitchen, One80Brew, Tall Post Craft Cider, Beez Smootheez, Moose River Preserves, Green United, Mojo Peppa Sauce and the Royal Canadian Legion Battlefield Branch.

Downtown Stoney Creek farmers market ready with new rules

Thursday event set to return for second season on June 18

News May 28, 2020 by Richard Leitner Stoney Creek News

Downtown Stoney Creek’s farmers market is readying to return from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays for a second season on June 18, albeit at a new spot and with some coronavirus safeguards.

Business Improvement Area executive director Tracy MacKinnon said Market in the Creek is shifting from the stretch of King Street East between Elm and Mountain avenues to the front and rear of the Stoney Creek Royal Canadian Legion hall.

Unlike last year, though, public-health restrictions won’t allow live performers and require a single entrance and exit for customers, with hand sanitizer at each location.

MacKinnon said market must also limit the number of customers at any one time, enforce physical distancing and record the names of shoppers for contact tracing in case one or more gets the virus.

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Even so, she’s optimistic the market will once again be a popular draw, with many of the 14 vendors who have signed on so far back for a second year.

They include three farms, Lincoln Line Orchards, Murphy’s Country Produce and Murray’s Farm. Among newcomers is Stoney Creek’s Beez Smootheez, specializing in healthy smoothies, juices and plant-based foods.

“It’s done pretty well, because pretty much all the vendors have come back,” MacKinnon said of the market, which runs into October.

“They’ve said there’s good clientele, there’s good walkability, good traffic and great people in Stoney Creek that like to support local.”

MacKinnon said planning for other downtown events, like Jazz in the Creek and Art in the Parking Lot, is on hold for now because of city prohibitions on large outdoor gatherings, in effect at least until July 2.

But she said the BIA is exploring holding smaller events at individual businesses where it’s possible to maintain physical distancing and possibly hosting online concerts on Facebook to support local artists.

“We sort of have fluid plans that change as per what’s going to be allowed and what’s not going to be allowed.”

Vendors who’ve signed on for Market in the Creek include Murphy's Country Produce, Lincoln Line Orchards, Murray's Farm, Hammerhead's on Ottawa, Branching Path Farm, Sprinkles on Top Bakery, Suzie's Gluten Free Kitchen, One80Brew, Tall Post Craft Cider, Beez Smootheez, Moose River Preserves, Green United, Mojo Peppa Sauce and the Royal Canadian Legion Battlefield Branch.

Downtown Stoney Creek farmers market ready with new rules

Thursday event set to return for second season on June 18

News May 28, 2020 by Richard Leitner Stoney Creek News

Downtown Stoney Creek’s farmers market is readying to return from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays for a second season on June 18, albeit at a new spot and with some coronavirus safeguards.

Business Improvement Area executive director Tracy MacKinnon said Market in the Creek is shifting from the stretch of King Street East between Elm and Mountain avenues to the front and rear of the Stoney Creek Royal Canadian Legion hall.

Unlike last year, though, public-health restrictions won’t allow live performers and require a single entrance and exit for customers, with hand sanitizer at each location.

MacKinnon said market must also limit the number of customers at any one time, enforce physical distancing and record the names of shoppers for contact tracing in case one or more gets the virus.

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Even so, she’s optimistic the market will once again be a popular draw, with many of the 14 vendors who have signed on so far back for a second year.

They include three farms, Lincoln Line Orchards, Murphy’s Country Produce and Murray’s Farm. Among newcomers is Stoney Creek’s Beez Smootheez, specializing in healthy smoothies, juices and plant-based foods.

“It’s done pretty well, because pretty much all the vendors have come back,” MacKinnon said of the market, which runs into October.

“They’ve said there’s good clientele, there’s good walkability, good traffic and great people in Stoney Creek that like to support local.”

MacKinnon said planning for other downtown events, like Jazz in the Creek and Art in the Parking Lot, is on hold for now because of city prohibitions on large outdoor gatherings, in effect at least until July 2.

But she said the BIA is exploring holding smaller events at individual businesses where it’s possible to maintain physical distancing and possibly hosting online concerts on Facebook to support local artists.

“We sort of have fluid plans that change as per what’s going to be allowed and what’s not going to be allowed.”

Vendors who’ve signed on for Market in the Creek include Murphy's Country Produce, Lincoln Line Orchards, Murray's Farm, Hammerhead's on Ottawa, Branching Path Farm, Sprinkles on Top Bakery, Suzie's Gluten Free Kitchen, One80Brew, Tall Post Craft Cider, Beez Smootheez, Moose River Preserves, Green United, Mojo Peppa Sauce and the Royal Canadian Legion Battlefield Branch.