Ottawa Farmers' Market to reopen with click and collect system

By CBC News Ottawa, May 25, 2020

The Ottawa Farmers' Market is reopening next weekend, but for both shoppers and vendors, the experience will be unlike any season before.

To allow for physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, customers must make their purchases ahead of time directly from producers, then register for a time to pick up their goods. It goes without saying there will be no buskers performing or food samples handed out.

Lansdowne Park is the first location to reopen. It offers pickups from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Pickups in the first hour are reserved for seniors 65 years and older and people with compromised immune systems.

"We are trying to get back to as normal as possible a way of operating," Jocelyne Garland, chair of the Ottawa Farmers' Market Association, told CBC's All in a Day on Monday.

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