Thursday, March 27, 2019 (11:30am MST)
We continue to remain open for you, our valued customers. We are currently grouped with grocery stores and considered an essential service. Our vendors are committed to providing fresh, nutritious food to people who need it during this time of uncertainty.
To remain open for you, we are taking serious measures to protect everyone who comes into our building. Maintaining public health and safety is our number one priority and we will continue to monitor the situation and comply with provincial recommendations.
We are all in this together, and that’s why we ask you, our valued customers to treat the market like any other retail food establishment. Spend no more time than necessary to purchase safe, healthy foods. Shop with purpose—check with friends and family and offer to shop for them. This helps limit the number of people visiting the market. You can also check the market map (updated in real time), so you can go straight to your chosen vendor. Please note, some vendors are volunteering to stay home, which is updated too.
There are many measures we are taking within the market to maximize the well-being of all who visit:
- Social distancing – We monitor the number of customers in the market. This may limit us to 50 shoppers, so you may be asked to queue. The queue is spaced to ensure recommended social distancing.
- Priority line – Is a special queue for seniors and those with physical disabilities.
- Reduced contact – We are asking that all customers keep from touching items. Instead, vendors will get them for you. Tap cards, rather than cash, are encouraged to reduce contact.
- Sanitation – Our goal is always to maintain a clean environment. We are increasing the cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces and high-touch areas. Vendors will continue to follow food-safety guidelines and requirements of frequent hand washing. Sampling has been suspended, seating has been removed, and the concession is also closed to minimize interaction.
We are grateful to have such an exceptional community showing local support through these rapidly changing times. We can’t thank you enough for your support.
Donna Lohstraeter, CEO
Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market