The rules set by the province on what is allowed are changing week by week – but under the rules in place at the time, the Cobourg’s Farmers’ Market adopted a “pre-order – pickup” protocol. The first day for that was today, May 23rd. There were 10 vendors participating out of 23 possible (food vendors) and over 40 total (all products). Judging by the parcels waiting for pickup, some had significantly more customers than others. Auxiliary Police were on hand to help ensure social distancing and entry only for those making a pickup. It was a glorious Spring day but few people came and there was plenty of parking on Albert and across the road. Organizers were hopeful that future days would have more vendors and customers.
How to order
You can no doubt go to the web sites of individual vendors but they have also got together at Local Line here. So far there are 15 vendors listed and they accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
When I visited at around 10:00 am, I spoke with Councillors Adam Bureau and Nicole Beatty. With the announcement yesterday of opening up the Parks and Beach, the obvious question is “why not the Farmers’ Market too?” Adam said that the Farmers’ Market protocol was established with rules current at the time but that it might be possible to soon revise the Farmers’ Market rules too so that all Vendors could participate, and providing there was Social Distancing, the more traditional Market could return. Meanwhile and even if/when things change, online ordering in advance is now possible.