The open market scene in Melbourne is something unique to this city. Each weekend markets across the city open up to provide small business operators with an opportunity to show their wares. With many plant-based and vegan markets scheduled this year, the impact on these businesses will be significant.
We remain hopeful the devastating spread of the disease will come to an end sooner rather than later, but in the meantime, an online Plant Based Market is in the works to ensure markets can go on, without concerns surrounding social distancing and hygiene.
The Plant Based Market is expected to open to the public within the next week, while vendors can set up their online store already. The online system comes complete with online ordering and optional local pickup or shipping, to support local creators. Many of whom do not have the technical skills or capital to commence their own online stores.
Now, more than ever, people need to support their local community and keep their money in the community. By buying local you know who is making these products and ensuring they can sustain themselves through this difficult time.
The Plant Based Market is now open to vendors, with no sign-up fees to set up their own online shop within the market and start selling.
Those looking to support local makers can put down their email address to be notified when the Marketplace opens here.