There is always something happening at IRMC. Keep up to date on things like the Year-Round Community Market, memberships and fundraising.
Nanaimo News Bulletin story and video of the Launch of the Summer Market at Beban Park
The Proposed Island Roots Market Co-op Market at Beban Park - Nanaimo Commons, May 17th 2017
Market Co-op, City working on lease for year-round market in Beban Park - Nanaimo News Now, May 13th 2017
When thinking about the first post for our blog, my brain went into overdrive....where to start....who to start with....who to add into the first post....the farmers, the producers, the makers, the foragers, the bakers, the artisans, the team behind the scenes, the list goes on and on.
I decided that I would take a slightly different approach. Did you know that of the vendors recently polled, we have 520+ years of experience? We have 185+ years of farming experience, 147+ years of artisan experience and with our Bakers and other food products, we have 197+ years experience and we are still growing. That is definitely a good reason to support shopping local at the Island Roots Market every Wednesday.
As our blog grows and expands we will be spotlighting our vendors, creating recipes using Island Roots Vendor products and creating shopping lists for you. The array of healthy tasty options that are currently available on our Island Roots Online Market including everything from eggs, to a vast assortment of greens, the weekly addition of newly ready vegetables, ready to heat meals, soups, spice blends, teas, coffees, honey, jams and jellies, perogies, cabbage rolls, sausage, pickles, cheeses, and yes, the baking - breads, pastries, pies, cookies, bars, bagels......the lists are endless. Then there are the natural soaps, shampoo bars, pain relievers, essential oils, lip balms, again an endless list. Oh and don't forget to check out the beautiful array of handmade crafted items - felted dryer balls, felted toys, dishcloths, slippers, wallets, purses, books, wood earrings, wood guitar picks, and so much more. The lists are growing every week. We have made shopping easy and the best part, you are supporting local.
Island Roots Online Market makes it easy for you to shop for your meals, eat healthy, eat fresh and local food, and I am looking forward to sharing some unique recipes with you as well as sharing tips and tricks for keeping your greens and veggies fresher longer. Join us on this journey to rebuilding our roots, one blog at a time.
At its first meeting in 2017 the Regional District of Nanaimo Board (RDN) voted to approve their staff recommendations, they are at page 40 and 97 of the RDN's Agenda (link below). The RDN will grant Island Roots $25,000 and RDN Staff will assist us with grant applications to other potential funding sources.
At its last meeting in 2016 the Regional District of Nanaimo Board (RDN) voted to support the Island Roots Market Co-op's Project at Beban Park and asked its staff to prepare a report on the specific ways the RDN can help. Their staff prepared 2 reports, they are at page 40 and 97 of the RDN's Agenda (link below) and will be dealt with by the Board on January 10 at 7 pm.
2016 was an exciting and successful year for the Island Roots Market Co-operative. We are working closely with the VIEx and Indigenous Peoples' Place of Culture. We have developed a plan which was well received when it was presented to the public at the Beban Park Open House in August.
Island Roots Market Co-operative is a registered community Co-operative in which anyone can purchase a share for a nominal fee. This means that the community, anyone who wants to participate, and no one person or small group of people stand to benefit from the profits the organization might make. Grantors that understand this usually accept it as the equivalent of not for profit. Our Beban Park project meets Revenue Canada's definition of a Charitable Purpose but we do not have charitable status so we can not issue tax receipts.
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