Dundas Farmers’ Market opens June 11 with a new look

News Jun 04, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

A new version of the Dundas Farmers’ Market is approved to open, with a variety of COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Scheduled to begin its 12th season, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Thursday, June 11, the market is limited to 10 vendors — a drop from 24 last year — and a maximum number of customers, who must line up and wait to enter if necessary.

Volunteers will help administer access to, and flow through, the market with one formal entrance and one separate exit, while maintaining minimum physical distancing of two metres between everyone.

Market manager Julia Buchan said all the changes mean the market will have a much different feel than what vendors and customers are accustomed to, but organizers are happy they’ve received Hamilton public health approval of their plan.

“For the longest time, we had no idea whether we would be able to move forward with our market given all the logistics that would need to be worked out in time for opening day,” Buchan said.

She said the focus is providing access to fresh, local food in a way that protects the health of volunteers, vendors and the wider community.

“As a producer-based market, the great news is that eight of our 10 vendors are farmers — they sell what they grow,” Buchan said.

She noted a traditional socializing element of the market is eliminated. There won’t be places to sit and relax with friends, no samples to nibble on.

Jane Murrell, of the City of Hamilton’s public health services, said Dundas market organizers prepared a complete operating plan that meets public health requirements.

“An on-site inspection will take place, once in operation, to ensure all recommended practices are being followed,” Murrell said.

Customers will line up on the Millers Lane sidewalk, on the west side of the market’s municipal parking lot location, with the entrance at the north end of the lot. As customers exit, other customers will be allowed to enter.

“(The line will) be marked for social distancing and will extend along the north side of Hatt Street in an easterly direction if necessary,” Murrell said. “(Organizers) are using lumber, cones, and rope to section off areas.”

Buchan said a positive result of the changes brought on by COVID-19 is the decision to start an online shopping option for the Dundas Farmers’ Market through a Kitchener-based company called Local Line.

“We have been able to set up a ‘virtual market’ and offer our vendors the ability to open an online shop. Customers can find our vendors on our site and pre-order/prepay and pick up their order from that specific vendor on market days,” Buchan said.

The virtual market can be found at: localline.ca/dundas-farmers-market.

For updates on the Dundas Farmers’ Market, check it out on Instagram, Facebook and dundasfarmersmarket.ca.

 

Dundas Farmers’ Market opens June 11 with a new look

COVID-19 protocols mean changes to operation for 12th season

News Jun 04, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

A new version of the Dundas Farmers’ Market is approved to open, with a variety of COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Scheduled to begin its 12th season, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Thursday, June 11, the market is limited to 10 vendors — a drop from 24 last year — and a maximum number of customers, who must line up and wait to enter if necessary.

Volunteers will help administer access to, and flow through, the market with one formal entrance and one separate exit, while maintaining minimum physical distancing of two metres between everyone.

Market manager Julia Buchan said all the changes mean the market will have a much different feel than what vendors and customers are accustomed to, but organizers are happy they’ve received Hamilton public health approval of their plan.

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“For the longest time, we had no idea whether we would be able to move forward with our market given all the logistics that would need to be worked out in time for opening day,” Buchan said.

She said the focus is providing access to fresh, local food in a way that protects the health of volunteers, vendors and the wider community.

“As a producer-based market, the great news is that eight of our 10 vendors are farmers — they sell what they grow,” Buchan said.

She noted a traditional socializing element of the market is eliminated. There won’t be places to sit and relax with friends, no samples to nibble on.

Jane Murrell, of the City of Hamilton’s public health services, said Dundas market organizers prepared a complete operating plan that meets public health requirements.

“An on-site inspection will take place, once in operation, to ensure all recommended practices are being followed,” Murrell said.

Customers will line up on the Millers Lane sidewalk, on the west side of the market’s municipal parking lot location, with the entrance at the north end of the lot. As customers exit, other customers will be allowed to enter.

“(The line will) be marked for social distancing and will extend along the north side of Hatt Street in an easterly direction if necessary,” Murrell said. “(Organizers) are using lumber, cones, and rope to section off areas.”

Buchan said a positive result of the changes brought on by COVID-19 is the decision to start an online shopping option for the Dundas Farmers’ Market through a Kitchener-based company called Local Line.

“We have been able to set up a ‘virtual market’ and offer our vendors the ability to open an online shop. Customers can find our vendors on our site and pre-order/prepay and pick up their order from that specific vendor on market days,” Buchan said.

The virtual market can be found at: localline.ca/dundas-farmers-market.

For updates on the Dundas Farmers’ Market, check it out on Instagram, Facebook and dundasfarmersmarket.ca.

 

Dundas Farmers’ Market opens June 11 with a new look

COVID-19 protocols mean changes to operation for 12th season

News Jun 04, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

A new version of the Dundas Farmers’ Market is approved to open, with a variety of COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Scheduled to begin its 12th season, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Thursday, June 11, the market is limited to 10 vendors — a drop from 24 last year — and a maximum number of customers, who must line up and wait to enter if necessary.

Volunteers will help administer access to, and flow through, the market with one formal entrance and one separate exit, while maintaining minimum physical distancing of two metres between everyone.

Market manager Julia Buchan said all the changes mean the market will have a much different feel than what vendors and customers are accustomed to, but organizers are happy they’ve received Hamilton public health approval of their plan.

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“For the longest time, we had no idea whether we would be able to move forward with our market given all the logistics that would need to be worked out in time for opening day,” Buchan said.

She said the focus is providing access to fresh, local food in a way that protects the health of volunteers, vendors and the wider community.

“As a producer-based market, the great news is that eight of our 10 vendors are farmers — they sell what they grow,” Buchan said.

She noted a traditional socializing element of the market is eliminated. There won’t be places to sit and relax with friends, no samples to nibble on.

Jane Murrell, of the City of Hamilton’s public health services, said Dundas market organizers prepared a complete operating plan that meets public health requirements.

“An on-site inspection will take place, once in operation, to ensure all recommended practices are being followed,” Murrell said.

Customers will line up on the Millers Lane sidewalk, on the west side of the market’s municipal parking lot location, with the entrance at the north end of the lot. As customers exit, other customers will be allowed to enter.

“(The line will) be marked for social distancing and will extend along the north side of Hatt Street in an easterly direction if necessary,” Murrell said. “(Organizers) are using lumber, cones, and rope to section off areas.”

Buchan said a positive result of the changes brought on by COVID-19 is the decision to start an online shopping option for the Dundas Farmers’ Market through a Kitchener-based company called Local Line.

“We have been able to set up a ‘virtual market’ and offer our vendors the ability to open an online shop. Customers can find our vendors on our site and pre-order/prepay and pick up their order from that specific vendor on market days,” Buchan said.

The virtual market can be found at: localline.ca/dundas-farmers-market.

For updates on the Dundas Farmers’ Market, check it out on Instagram, Facebook and dundasfarmersmarket.ca.