The Squamish Fresh food cooperative is offering winter market vendors the opportunity to sell their products via the Squamish Fresh website in the lead up to Christmas.
Many small businesses and local entrepreneurs are unable to sell at their usual seasonal markets due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and are therefore missing out on the best shopping season of the year, the co-op said.
The Squamish Fresh Food co-op said it saw an opportunity to give back by enabling members and other local businesses the opportunity to list their market items for sale on the Squamish Fresh website.
“Many of our members are local entrepreneurs and family businesses, and they’re really feeling the pinch this Christmas,” said Alisa Smith, Squamish Fresh Co-Chair.
Smith said by offering these vendors the ability to list their products on the Squamish Fresh website, we’re giving them access to another market in Squamish – but in a COVID friendly way.”
Karen Yaremkewich, a Squamish Fresh member, said she is grateful for the efforts that Squamish Fresh have made to ensure continued safety and service throughout the pandemic.
“I’m a single parent with two kids and have been ordering a weekly veggie box with Squamish Fresh since they started. I’m always conscious of how I spend my grocery dollars each week. The Squamish Fresh box is the best $25 value for produce,” she said.
As a member-owned cooperative Squamish Fresh works to make healthy, affordable food directly accessible to its community, according to the co-op.