Last week the Middlesex-London community welcomed the reopenings of the Masonville and Ilderton Farmers’ market!
The Masonville Farmers Market is open every Friday from 8 am to 1 pm from July 3rd to October. This market is conveniently located at the corner of Fanshawe Park Road & Richmond street in the Masonville Mall parking lot. Before visiting, there are a couple of precautions to keep in mind. There’s only one entrance, and masks must be worn. Luckily, if you forget your mask at home, they will provide you with one. They will be marking the traffic flow direction while limiting the number of customers to ensure proper social distancing. They ask to please leave the kiddo’s and fur babies at home; however, service animals will be admitted. To ensure the safety of customers and vendors, their vendors will be bagging all items.
The Ilderton Farmers Market is another exciting opening for the community. This farmers market is located at 13230 Ilderton Rd, Ilderton, Ontario and is open every Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm. As with many other markets, the community’s wellbeing is their top priority. They have put in place safety protocols to protect our community and our vendors. The market area will be roped off, and all shoppers must enter through a controlled entrance where everyone will be asked to use hand sanitizer. The number of shoppers permitted within the market area will be limited. Signage will instruct shoppers to practice physical distancing. Vendors will be well spaced apart with marks on the pavement to show shoppers where to stand while waiting for their turn. All vendors will use hand sanitizer between money exchanges and interactions. All vendors will disinfect all touched surfaces and objects.
Farmers’ markets are essential businesses, but as we’re going through the effects of COVID-19, we need to keep in mind the safety of our community. If you’re feeling sick, please stay home. Please respect the guidelines put into place by our health unit and local markets as we’re still trying to navigate through the pandemic.