Farmers' Markets in Toronto are Reopening
The City of Toronto has announced it is working with market organizers to safely reopen farmers’ markets usually located on 22 sites. The City will determine the potential reopening of these markets this season in compliance with provincial rules and public health guidelines such as crowd control, physical distancing, hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfection.
Farmers’ markets are valued members of the food supply chain and provide Torontonians with access to fresh fruits and vegetables. They encourage residents to get outside and be physically active, and to support the local agriculture sector.
Says Mayor John Tory: “Farmers’ markets are a vital part of our neighbourhoods, providing access to fresh local fruits and vegetables to keep us healthy. While farmers’ markets will be different this year, they are an important part of ensuring food security in our city and I’m proud that we are responding quickly to ensure they can safely reopen soon.”
At this time, the city usually hosts 22 farmers’ markets:
Civic Squares: Albert Campbell Square, David Pecaut Square, East York Civic Centre, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Mel Lastman Square and Nathan Phillips Square
Parks: Dufferin Grove Park, East Lynn Park, Flemingdon Park, Humber Bay Park West, Jonathan Ashbridge Park, June Rowlands Park, Lakeshore Village Park, Masaryk Park, Riverdale Park West, R.V. Burgess Park, Sorauren Avenue Park, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Underpass Park, Withrow Park, Wychwood Barns
Toronto Museums and Historic Sites: Montgomery Inn.
The City-operated Saturday Farmers’ Market at the St. Lawrence Market has already reopened. The popular market worked with the City’s CurbTO program to relocate the outdoor area onto Market Street between The Esplanade and Wilton Street to allow for physical distancing. Lineup areas for the indoor and outdoor farmers’ market will start on Market Street and both areas will operate every Saturday from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers are strongly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while shopping at the market.
Another popular market that has reopened is a modified version of the Saturday Farmers Market at Evergreen Brick Works. Safety measure for distancing have been implemented and individual groups of a maximum of 2 are permitted in the market space. A total of 50 visitors are allowed at one time.
Additional market opening dates will be determined as they comply with Toronto Public Health guidelines and the required divisional permitting process. Permitting divisions will make every effort to prioritize areas of the city that face food insecurity.
A list of farmers’ markets is available at greenbeltfresh.ca. Before heading out, check with individual markets for opening dates and safety protocols.