But “open” means something different than previously – the idea is that they will simply be there to provide pickup of orders made online – the Town calls it an “E-Commerce/Curb Side Pickup Service Delivery Model”. Only food vendors will be allowed and a number of other restrictions will be required – see below. The details will be presented to council at their Committee of the Whole (C.O.W.) meeting on Monday May 11. Any resolution passed requires ratification at a regular Council meeting and the next one scheduled is on May 19 – after the Victoria Day weekend. So to expedite approval, immediately after the COW meeting on Monday, a special meeting has been called to pass the required by-law.
The Farmers’ Market people have not completely organized their online ordering methods – some are already accepting orders via their own websites or Facebook pages and some are using Northumberland REKO (on facebook). They are thinking of using Local Line which has been used by other similar organizations. However, that will no doubt be clarified and publicized later.
Council are aware that the market is popular and it’s expected that the Farmers’ Market Association’s proposal will be approved.
Summary of Rules to be followed
Download “Proposal” from Links below for full details
- Only food will be offered for sale
- Spacing respected with one way movement
- Hand sanitizer stations available for all shoppers/vendors
- No sampling of food.
- No reusable or customer supplied containers.
- No communal tables or seating.
- Food Vendors to:
- Not attend the Market if not well; confirm that they have no symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath), have not travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, and have not been in contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19.
- Wash hands regularly and thoroughly (minimum 20 seconds) with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Clean and sanitize frequently-touched market stand surfaces regularly (with household cleaners or diluted bleach solution of 1-part bleach to 9 parts water).
- Maintain social distancing and other usual recommendations
- Prepackage and box products at a fixed price labeled with customer names/order numbers.
- Refrigerated and frozen products must be maintained at proper temperatures.
- Stay in assigned space and with vehicle
The proposed site plan is at right.
Instructions to customers
- Come to the parking lot on Albert Street to the east of The Oval from 9 AM to 11 AM.
- Form a line at the WEST entrance to the parking lot, keeping 2M apart.
- A volunteer will let you in when someone else leaves.
- Use the hand sanitizer before entering the area!
- Pick up your order at each farmer’s vehicle. Shop, don’t stop!
- Use the hand sanitizer at vendor stands!
- Leave the parking lot by the Exit on the EAST side.
- Use the hand sanitizer when leaving the area!
Looks like it’s generally in line with Provincial recommendations.
Let’s hope they get a good turnout of their 23 vendors offering food since some have found other places to deliver their product – e.g. at Habitat for Humanity Restore.
It might take a while to sort out the wrinkles. For example, it’s not clear if the protocol will only be to provide pre-ordered items for pickup or will some vendors display and sell products that were not pre-ordered? I also note that although the number of people at the market will be controlled, the actual number is not yet specified – maybe 5?
- Farmers’ Market Information [Proposal] Package (pdf) – includes more details on protocol and a list of vendors.
- Local Line web site
- Northumberland REKO Facebook
- Farmers’ Market Facebook
- Farmers’ Market Web site
- Proposed ByLaw (pdf)
Update – 11 May 2020
At the Committee of the Whole Council meeting, Councillor Adam Bureau announced that the Farmers Market association wanted to delay the opening day by a week – to May 23 – so that they could “get it right”. They were still debating what e-commerce platform to use – Reko on Facebook or Local Line. They want all vendors to agree and to be up and running by the new date: May 23.
One issue was clarified – there will be no transactions on the property so people will move through quickly. To be sure everyone is following the rules, on site on the first day (at least) will be an Inspector from the HKPR District Health Unit as well as Police Chief Paul VandGraaf with some Auxiliary Police.