Orangeville Downtown Shopping and Farmers’ Market are now online!
Orangeville’s Downtown businesses and the Orangeville Farmers’ Market contribute to our community’s unique character. Recognizing that Covid-19 created a large gap between local businesses and farmers with their customers, the Orangeville BIA put plans in motion to reconnect residents with local businesses and Farmers’ Market vendors.
Shop Downtown Orangeville
When the province shut down all non-essential activities and services, our community banded together by staying apart to keep each other safe and healthy. Right from the very beginning, the outpouring of concern and support of our local businesses was evident! Local customers wanted to shop locally, so the OBIA, in partnership with Green Monkey Creative, focused on bridging the physical gap between local businesses and Orangeville residents. The goal was to make it easier for local businesses to sell online and for area residents to shop local from the comfort of their homes, and the result was the creation of ShopDowntownOrangeville.ca – a digital downtown marketplace that showcases a wide variety of our local businesses. Over the last few weeks, 22 local shops have been added – and this number is continuing to grow!
While retail storefronts are now permitted to open, we also understand that many people may not be comfortable going out to shop. Having this online shopping provides an alternative to in-person shopping for customers and offers the opportunity for another revenue stream for business owners as they begin to promote their stores to the wider world.
Orangeville Farmers’ Market
Along with downtown businesses, Farmers’ Market vendors were also heavily affected by the Covid-19 crisis. We all know that buying fresh, local produce is not only delicious and healthy, it also supports our area’s farmers, our local economy, and lowers our carbon footprint, so finding a way to continue the Orangeville Farmers’ Market was identified as a BIA priority.
Based on the requirements of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health and the Town of Orangeville, the Orangeville BIA created a plan for the Orangeville Farmers’ Market that respects physical distancing and safe-handling measures, while still allowing customers to purchase from local farmers. The first Pick-up Market Hub will be held on Saturday, May 30th from 9 am – 11 am in the public parking lot across Broadway from Town Hall and will continue every Saturday morning. Market customers can access the Orangeville Farmers’ Market’s online store at https://www.localline.ca/orangeville-farmers-market. As per the Health Board’s requirements, all orders need to be placed and paid for in advance resulting in safer and more efficient pick-ups.
We look forward to expanding the online offerings each week and hope to move to a more traditional market shopping experience later in the season as the Covid-19 situation improves.
The Orangeville BIA is proud to support a community that shares a common interest in keeping each other safe and healthy.
In addition, the Orangeville BIA is so thankful to the residents of our town for their support and passion for local. Supporting local businesses, a majority owned by residents in our community, ensures the long-term health of our local economy, and nurtures the amazing qualities of our downtown core.