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Lindsay Farmer’s Market the first to begin 2020 season

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DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

KAWARTHA LAKES: As part of the City of Kawartha Lakes’ staged reopening plan, farmers markets were able to start reopening as of Saturday, May 30th. “We’ve been working with all of the volunteer agencies and groups, and beginning on or after May 30th, subject to certain approvals, health unit approvals in particular, farmers markets are able to operate,” CAO Ron Taylor told councillors, at a meeting on Tuesday, May 26th. The Lindsay Farmers Market was the first Kawartha Lakes market to open up, after being granted approval to do so. But shoppers were greeted with different rules for the first 2020 edition of the market. Food vendors were the only ones allowed to participate. People were advised to only have one shopper per household, to stay two metres away from other customers, and to enter and exit the market from the library parking lot only. Customers were not allowed to touch any of the products and use of reusable bags were not permitted. Those who were sick were asked not to visit the market at this time. Meanwhile, the Kinmount Farmers’ Market is starting an online e-Commerce market later this month where people can place an order and then pick it up in the town on Saturday mornings. The Standard asked Mr. Taylor if he knew of other market’s plans for this year. “I believe there are six total farmers markets throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes, and there’s likely one or two others that will be starting to ramp up and are actively seeking their approvals, following May 30th or starting in June,” Mr. Taylor explained, during a telephone press conference, on Wednesday, May 27th . “I’m only aware of one that is opening this particular weekend, but there’s many that are planning.”

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