Farmers’ Markets Ontario (FMO), after much discussion with the Province and public health agencies, has received confirmation that farmers’ markets, as businesses that primarily sell food, are considered essential workplaces under the current Order which expires April 18, 2020. As such, two models of farmers’ markets, may operate, with the appropriate approvals, during this time.
Public Safety Protocols for the multi-vendor, multi-stand and e-commerce models have been develop in consultation with the Association of Supervisors of Public Health Inspectors of Ontario (ASPHIO). Refer to our website for full details.
FMO continues to explore e-commerce platforms and options looking for a scalable, reasonably priced, user-friendly, short-term solution that will continue to meet farmers and farmers’ market requirements in the medium and longer-term. We plan to announce more details this week.
We know that the following weeks and months are going to bring challenges that we have never encountered before. Farmers’ Markets Ontario is committed to working through those challenges with you and working with all stakeholders to ensure opportunities for farmers and markets to sell their locally grown/produced products.
Check the FMO website for up-to-date information. We encourage all members to share your thoughts on the FMO Market Manager Facebook Group page.