While it’s going to be different from any other year in the past, the Vancouver Farmer’s Market will be opening this weekend, May 2nd and 3rd, 2020, with extra health and safety protocols in place.
The Market will be open on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. They are also reserving the first hour of shopping for seniors and customers with immune risks ONLY. One of the biggest differences is that this is not a social outing, but an opportunity to buy local, essential grocery items; and that dogs will not be allowed unless they are a service dog.
The following is a message from Vancouver Farmers Market Director Jordan Boldt:
“Our community is in the midst of incredible challenges as we work together to respond to the current global COVID-19 outbreak. First and foremost, let me assure you all that the Vancouver Farmers Market is an organization grounded in community health and wellness. The safety and health of our shoppers, small businesses and staff is our highest priority.
As part of our role in supporting a healthy community, we are committed to our mission that you, our valued shoppers and supporters, have safe access to high quality, healthy local food.
The new operating plan includes:
✔️ Max of 34 vendors initially, selling only fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, bread, pastries and pre-packaged food (pasta, sauces, honey, etc.)
✔️ Vendor booths will be located on Esther Street only
✔️ Each vendor booth will be spaced 10′ apart and physical distancing requirements will be strictly adhered to
✔️ Each booth will have an assigned social distancing monitor to make sure customers maintain at least 6′ of distance between each other at all times
✔️ Every employee, vendor and volunteer will wear a mask or cloth face covering and gloves when handling products
✔️ Entry to the market will be limited
✔️ There will be no live music and nowhere to sit down.
✔️ The number of people allowed in the market at the same time will be controlled to ensure physical distancing. Only one person per household should go to the market to shop
✔️ No dogs will be allowed
✔️ Hand washing stations will be available at multiple locations”