Farmers’ Markets Ontario adopts Peterborough Regional Farmers Network’s COVID-19 guidelines

Provincial association has shared the guidelines for the use of 180 farmers' markets across Ontario

Vegetables at a farmers' msarket

Farmers’ Markets Ontario has adopted COVID-19 guidelines developed by the Peterborough Regional Farmers Network (PRFN) in consultation with Peterborough Public Health.

The provincially recognized organization, representing over 180 farmers’ markets across the province, has revised the PRFN market operations guidelines document to be more generic for the use of other markets in Ontario.

“We moved early to deal with the impact of COVID-19 at both the downtown Peterborough Saturday and Wednesday markets”, says PRFN board chair Julie Fleming. “The advice and support of Peterborough Public Health throughout this challenging time has been incredible and I am so pleased that our local efforts will benefit other markets.”

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Both the Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market and the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market are members of Farmers’ Markets Ontario, which operates the MyPick verified local farmer program, and both markets place an emphasis on the promotion of products from verified local farmers.

The Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market operates on Wednesdays at the newly renovated Peterborough Square courtyard ast Charlotte and Water streets in downtown Peterborough, and the Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market operates on Saturdays at the Citi Centre courtyard at King and Aylmer streets.

As essential services, the markets are operating as “local grocery stores” during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about the Wednesday market, visit ptbodowntownmarket.com. For more information about the Saturday market, visit ptboregionalfarmersmarket.com.

PDF: Best Practices and Public Health Protocols for Operating a Multi-vendor, Multi-stand Farmers’ Market
Best Practices and Public Health Protocols for Operating a Multi-vendor, Multi-stand Farmers' Market

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