Quiet start during COVID-19 for Ottawa Farmers' Market

By Natalia Goodwin, CBC News Ottawa, May 31, 2020

The Ottawa Farmers' Market made its debut into the COVID-19 world Sunday, but things were quieter than organizers hoped. 

Lansdowne Park was the first of the four Ottawa Farmers' Market locations to open under new physical distancing rules, and it looked a lot different from usual — with people checking in at pre-booked time slots to pick up pre-ordered items from each vendor.

Patrons had to follow direction signs and keep safe distances. Organizers said they had to turn people away who didn't pre-book a time.

"It's been a quiet morning. We've had some bookings that were cancelled," said chair Jocelyne Garland, chair of the Ottawa Farmers' Market Association.


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