The Farmers Market will re-open, with some adjustments and changes for COVID. (File photo)

Golden Farmers Market to open in person on June 17

While there will be restrictions, two staff have been hired to help customers navigate the new rules

The Golden Farmers Market Wednesday markets will be opening in person starting on June 17th. The market will be switching from their regular location to Spirit Square due to concerns with the traffic at nearby intersections.

The market will follow strict guidelines and will be encouraging social distancing measures. In order to ensure that everyone will be complying with social distancing, the market has hired two workers who will be present at each of the entrances to the market.

These workers will help manage customers one at a time and to assist patrons with the regulations, such as handwashing and directional markers on the ground to help with the flow of the market.

The Golden Farmers Market has been working with the BC Association of Farmers Markets to develop a feasible and safe plan could set up for the summer.

Read more: Golden Farmers Market heads online due to COVID-19

There will be no live music and foods will not be consumed on site due to COVID restrictions. The social distancing measures will also have to be respected.

Even though there are these restrictions, the market is happy to be able to continue supporting our local growers and bring access to fresh food for our community.

Many vendors onsite are offering prepaid items and food boxes that can be purchased through the market’s online website. Pick up for these products can be arranged to happen at the market on Wednesdays, which organizers believe will encourage a more streamline approach to shopping at the market.

Vendors who don’t have a physical booth at the market this summer can be found online as well at www.localline.ca/golden-farmers-market

“We would like to thank the Columbia Basin Trust for their incredible support,” read a statement from the market.

“They really wanted to ensure that the market had all the resources needed to proceed in these exceptional and trying times.”

For any questions, please contact us at goldenfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

The market will continue to keep its patrons informed of new developments throughout the summer.

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