The Lindsay Farmers’ Market, one of the longest-running markets in Ontario, is opening for the season on Saturday, May 30th.
The market usually opens on the first Saturday in May, but the opening was delayed this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
First established in 1859, the market runs on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Victoria Avenue in Lindsay between Kent and Peel.
This year’s market will open with food vendors only, and will follow strict safety protocols from the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.
If you are feeling ill, you should not visit the market. If you are healthy, you are asked to adhere to these guidelines:
- Follow the directions of market organizers.
- Enter and exit the market from the library parking lot only. Shopping will be one way only.
- Practise physical distancing by staying two metres (six feet) from other vendors and other customers.
- If possible, use alcohol-based sanitizer on your hands after pick-up at each vendor.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Avoid touching any market products. Vendors will be happy to assist you.
- Do not bring reusable bags; they are not permitted at the market at this time.
- Do not gather or loiter at the market. After making essential purchases, shoppers are asked to return home so that others may attend and to prevent large group gatherings from being formed.
- After returning home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Leave your pets at home.
Market organizers are also requesting that only one shopper per household attend the market.
Federal and provincial public health officials recommend you wear a non-medical (cloth) face mask. While a mask will not protect you from the virus, it may help prevent you from spreading the virus if you are asymptomatic (infected but not showing symptoms).
Shoppers are reminded there is absolutely no smoking allowed at the market.