New Beamsville farmers' market plows ahead despite COVID-19 restrictions

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A new farmers' market is coming to Beamsville, but provincewide restrictions have forced temporary changes to its structure.

Events on Thirty is a new startup company based out of Beamsville that provides outdoor venue space for private events, festivals and as of late, food vendors and artisans.

The first Thirty Road Farmers and Artisan Market at 324 Thirty Rd., will take place on Sunday, and continue each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 24. For now, however, its vendors will only be limited to one half of the market's name, as currently artisans don't qualify as essential under the provincial COVID-19 restrictions. Food vendors will be allowed to operate as normal, however

Nicki Inch, part owner and director of events at Events on Thirty, said that the upcoming market will have COVID measures in place. With masking as a requirement, physical distancing and sanitizing protocols in place, customers are also encouraged to pay through non-contact methods, but cash is still accepted.

“We want to be able to open up opportunities for vendors and artisans and farmers,” Inch said. “As well as provide a Sunday opportunity for folks that work during the week and don't always have time to be able to go to the other farmers' markets that are open during the week.”

Inch said the market came about as a marketing idea from her business partner Sean Polden, owner of Canalside Soda (one of the vendors that will be at the market). She said that Polden started his soda business in December of 2019 and found trouble marketing his product because of the pandemic.

“He ran a pop-up market in November of last year, and it was very successful,” she said. “With that success, we decided that we would open it up every Sunday, throughout the summer months or the warmer months,” Inch said.

Inch said that the company hopes to expand its vendors list every week as the market continues to grow. Visit thirtyroadmarket.com for more details or for information on how to become a vendor.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News