A local farmer’s market in Georgetown, Ontario opened for the season on June 6 with modifications that are making it safer to shop for local produce.

The Georgetown Farmers Market, operating since 1993, has this year created more open spaces for vendors and the public, along with one-way pedestrian walkways. Locals appreciated the annual return of the market and the detailed safety measures that were put in place.

“It’s been really fulfilling seeing the community embrace this year’s version of the farmers market,” said Yaw Ennin, Downtown Georgetown BIA and Farmers Market Manager. “The online market has been a very popular addition to the market, with over a hundred orders received since its launch in early June. We are in a new world, and we expect to continue to offer this new service to the community for the foreseeable future.”

Another major development at the Georgetown Farmers Market is the availability of on-line ordering and pick-up at the market for those who prefer to pre-order and have a student load their produce directly into their car trunk.

On-line ordering is a newer phenomenon during the time of COVID-19 and many farmers are adapting and embracing “click and collect” or “click and deliver” in their communities.

The Green Circle Food Hub, based in Clarington, Ontario was formed by farmers in the early days of the pandemic, out of the tremendous need for collaboration and cooperation between farmers and homes. For a small delivery fee, produce is delivered to homes around the GTA or to special pick up areas in the Metropolitan Toronto area.

In St. Thomas, Ontario, there is a CULTIVATE Virtual Farmers’ Market , an online, one stop, mid-week shopping solution offering an amazing selection of fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, cheese, fresh meats, honey, preserves, fish, breads, baked goods, prepared foods. The Virtual Market is operated through the Talbot Teen Centre as a youth initiative. With the full support of Farmers’ Markets Ontario, the Centre gives young people the opportunity to learn life skills by being involved in running a small business and agriculture practices.

If you’ve never been to a local farmer’s market, chances are there is one close by that you can check out. More than ever, there are now safer options to buy local products outdoors or you can choose a pickup or drop-off option with on-line ordering. Support your local farmers as much as you can, so they can continue growing food for us!

David Rowney

David Rowney

Dave Rowney, FCPRS is a Farmwork to Feed Canada writer and founding member. His career in public relations spans three decades in several industry sectors including food services and banking.

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