ELORA – The Elora Farmers’ Market will now open on May 22, instead of May 1 as initially planned.
Organizers are delaying the opening by three weeks “to support a safe start to the outdoors season,” states an April 27 press release from the market.
“Farmers’ markets are considered an essential service and can be open now for food vendors only,” the release adds.
“However, the Elora Farmers’ Market decided that to support the (provincial) stay-at-home order, it will delay its start to the first post-lockdown Saturday.”
Officials say a delayed opening for the market, which will again operate out of Bissell Park on East Mill Street, will result in “a more robust” market.
“Many of our growers will have more products available and our artisan vendors can also be there,” states the release.
“That is a good thing for everyone, and all our vendors are eager to greet their customers face to face.”
The market will offer COVID-19 safety protocols similar to last season, including one-way pedestrian traffic flow, ample spacing between vendors, clear distance markings for customers and ongoing monitoring of customer volume.
Officials, who say masks can be worn at customers’ discretion, are reminding customers that social gatherings in the market area will not be permitted.
The outdoor market will run every Saturday between 9am and 1pm, until the end of October.
For more information or to order online visit www.elorafarmersmarket.ca.