Buy Local Food
Cow-op.ca is an online farmers’ market of locally grown and produced food. We use a cooperative model to make it possible for our farmers to work together and meet the growing demand for local, sustainable food in the Cowichan Region. Farmers and food producers utilize our marketing, selling, packaging and delivering systems for their products.
Cow-op.ca brings fresh, healthy, locally grown and produced food to you, the buyer, every week at farmers market prices. All with the click of a button!
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Producers update online inventory with fresh and seasonal products each Thursday, before the ordering period opens at 12:01 am. We are growing, and so is our product list. Keep an eye out for new items each week. CLICK HERE to see a list of products that are currently available!
Before you create your customer account and start shopping there are a few things you might like to know…
How it works
Every Thursday at 12:01 am the market opens. Monday at midnight the market closes.
Any orders placed during this shopping period are secured with a credit card (Visa or Mastercard). Cards are charged on Fridays after your order is delivered or picked up. This allows time for any changes to invoices due to weight variability, damaged items or undelivered items due to weather, crop failure etc.
Harvest lists are sent to the farmers early Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday & Wednesday, after the farmers and food processors have harvested and prepared your orders, they deliver their products to our central warehouse in Duncan.
Orders are delivered to customers homes in the Cowichan Valley and Nanaimo on Thursday between 9:00-6:00pm. From field to front door! These orders have a sum total $9.50 ($5 delivery fee + $4.50 picking fee) automatically added to them.
Orders can also be picked up in Victoria, Duncan, Cobble Hill, Cowichan Station, Ladysmith, or Lake Cowichan:
Orders can be picked up on Thursdays at Hope Farm (3504 Drinkwater Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 5Z2) from 4-7pm, Lockwood Farm (3805 Cobble Hill Rd, Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L5) from 4-6pm, The HUB (2375 Koksilah Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6M5) from 1-2pm, Wild Poppy Bistro (541 1st Ave, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A1), and Farm’s Gate Foods + Catering (169 South Shore Road, Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0. These orders have a $4.50 picking fee automatically added to them.
Victoria orders are delivered Thursday mornings to Zero Waste Emporium. They are available for pick up between 1-6PM (All Victoria orders have a $2.50 delivery fee + $4.50 picking fee automatically added to the order total).
Alternative arrangements can be made for unclaimed orders on a limited basis.
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