The Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association (DWBIA) is pleased to
announce that its Farmers Market will open on Saturday May 30 at 8am. Celebrating its fifth
season on Pelissier Street and Maiden Lane, the Farmers Market is home to over 40 produce,
food and artisanal vendors. The Market is a rain or shine event that runs in the heart of the city
every Saturday through to October 31, from 8am-1pm.

In light of COVID-19, the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market is working closely with the Windsor-
Essex County Health Unit and Farmers Market Ontario to ensure that social distancing measures
and safety protocols are in place when the market opens.

“The Downtown Windsor Farmers Market is an integral part of the urban/farm linkage and
provides residents and visitors access to locally grown, farm fresh produce and products,” said
Brian Yeomans, DWBIA Chair. “We take the safety and wellbeing of market visitors and vendors
very seriously and will be following established Provincial guidelines for social gatherings.”

Market Manager, Steve Green, who works in the healthcare sector, is especially cognizant of the
need to implement full social distancing measures and a phased approach. Some of the
measures will include:

Phase 1:
• Limited to food vendors providing farm produce and products until such time as the Province opens non-food related businesses
• Physical distancing measures at entry and exit points and between vendor booths, vendors and visitors
• Division of site and one-way traffic flow in each direction
• Hand-wash stations
• Two operators per booth – one to handle produce/product and the other to handle payments
• Complying with provincial orders on the number of customers accessing the site at any given time
• Non-touch lined waste disposal receptacles

“Farmers Markets are deemed an essential service,” said Steve Green, Market Manager.
“Vendors will only be selling farm-to-table produce and products and, until further notice, there
will be no entertainment, Kids Korner, Chef Demos and piazza. In addition, we will be
advocating a “shop – don’t stop” policy.”

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