Dundas Farmers’ Market proposed coronavirus protocols under review

News May 01, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

As access to fresh local food becomes more important during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Hamilton is reviewing proposals for opening local farmers markets, including the 12th season of the Dundas Farmers’ Market.

Originally scheduled for a Thursday, June 7 opening, the local market, held in the municipal parking lot at Hatt Street and Millers Lane, is on hold pending an update from the City of Hamilton’s public health department — as of the end of April.

Dundas market manager Julia Buchan said a plan for the 2020 market has not been finalized yet.

“We have been in touch with Hamilton Public Health Services and are working toward a proposal that will allow us to offer fresh, local food while respecting physical distancing requirements and protecting our vendors, staff and the greater Dundas community,” Buchan said.

She said the proposal is based largely on Farmers’ Markets Ontario’s public safety protocols. According to the FMO website, farmers markets are considered businesses that primarily sell food and therefore are deemed essential by the province. The organization developed protocols for both in-person and e-commerce farmers’ markets.

Among 18 recommendations for market organizers and individual vendors are:

• Spacing out stands and monitoring customer circulation; perhaps one-way movement, to maintain social distancing

• A map of the market’s layout

• Making sure washrooms and/or hand sanitizer stations are provided, well-stocked and cleaned, for all vendors and shoppers to wash their hands

• Posting of the Farmers’ Market Ontario fact sheet for all vendors and shoppers

• Recording of all vendors names for each market day and maintaining those records

• No sampling of food; no reusable or customer-supplied containers; no communal seating or tables

• Cleaning and sanitizing of frequently touched vendor stand surfaces

• Prepackaging and boxing of products at a fixed price to reduce contact

Dundas Farmers’ Market proposed coronavirus protocols under review

Organizers awaiting update from city’s public health department

News May 01, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

As access to fresh local food becomes more important during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Hamilton is reviewing proposals for opening local farmers markets, including the 12th season of the Dundas Farmers’ Market.

Originally scheduled for a Thursday, June 7 opening, the local market, held in the municipal parking lot at Hatt Street and Millers Lane, is on hold pending an update from the City of Hamilton’s public health department — as of the end of April.

Dundas market manager Julia Buchan said a plan for the 2020 market has not been finalized yet.

“We have been in touch with Hamilton Public Health Services and are working toward a proposal that will allow us to offer fresh, local food while respecting physical distancing requirements and protecting our vendors, staff and the greater Dundas community,” Buchan said.

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She said the proposal is based largely on Farmers’ Markets Ontario’s public safety protocols. According to the FMO website, farmers markets are considered businesses that primarily sell food and therefore are deemed essential by the province. The organization developed protocols for both in-person and e-commerce farmers’ markets.

Among 18 recommendations for market organizers and individual vendors are:

• Spacing out stands and monitoring customer circulation; perhaps one-way movement, to maintain social distancing

• A map of the market’s layout

• Making sure washrooms and/or hand sanitizer stations are provided, well-stocked and cleaned, for all vendors and shoppers to wash their hands

• Posting of the Farmers’ Market Ontario fact sheet for all vendors and shoppers

• Recording of all vendors names for each market day and maintaining those records

• No sampling of food; no reusable or customer-supplied containers; no communal seating or tables

• Cleaning and sanitizing of frequently touched vendor stand surfaces

• Prepackaging and boxing of products at a fixed price to reduce contact

Dundas Farmers’ Market proposed coronavirus protocols under review

Organizers awaiting update from city’s public health department

News May 01, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

As access to fresh local food becomes more important during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Hamilton is reviewing proposals for opening local farmers markets, including the 12th season of the Dundas Farmers’ Market.

Originally scheduled for a Thursday, June 7 opening, the local market, held in the municipal parking lot at Hatt Street and Millers Lane, is on hold pending an update from the City of Hamilton’s public health department — as of the end of April.

Dundas market manager Julia Buchan said a plan for the 2020 market has not been finalized yet.

“We have been in touch with Hamilton Public Health Services and are working toward a proposal that will allow us to offer fresh, local food while respecting physical distancing requirements and protecting our vendors, staff and the greater Dundas community,” Buchan said.

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She said the proposal is based largely on Farmers’ Markets Ontario’s public safety protocols. According to the FMO website, farmers markets are considered businesses that primarily sell food and therefore are deemed essential by the province. The organization developed protocols for both in-person and e-commerce farmers’ markets.

Among 18 recommendations for market organizers and individual vendors are:

• Spacing out stands and monitoring customer circulation; perhaps one-way movement, to maintain social distancing

• A map of the market’s layout

• Making sure washrooms and/or hand sanitizer stations are provided, well-stocked and cleaned, for all vendors and shoppers to wash their hands

• Posting of the Farmers’ Market Ontario fact sheet for all vendors and shoppers

• Recording of all vendors names for each market day and maintaining those records

• No sampling of food; no reusable or customer-supplied containers; no communal seating or tables

• Cleaning and sanitizing of frequently touched vendor stand surfaces

• Prepackaging and boxing of products at a fixed price to reduce contact