Orangeville farmers' market to reopen at arena March 6

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One of the town’s timeless traditions returns for the first time this year on March 6.

The Orangeville Winter Farmer’s Market is scheduled to be held at the Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre’s B-rink at 6 Northmen Way to allow for expand social distancing. This is not a permanent move. They will be downtown again.

“People are trying to support the market,” said Alison Scheel, general manager of the Orangeville Business Improvement Area (OBIA). “ (Online orders) grow steadily every market Saturday. It started slow, but it picked up.”

The B-rink location offers plenty of space for safe social distancing and can accommodate 50 people at one time. It will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Saturday.

Products include maple syrup, honey, falafels, cheese, bread, lamb meat, chicken, baked goods and prepared meals.

The market was once held downtown near town hall, where vendors attracted mainly casual shoppers who happened to live nearby. It will return.

The market was closed in January and February because of the mandated governmental shutdown. They were still providing preorder and pickup options for interested customers.

Scheel said they average about 300 to 350 people every market Saturday as it is only held two times a month.

The entrance to the market is located south of the parking lot. There will be no access through the main door.

Most vendors will attend every other market, but some will alternate or change from market to market. Scheduled vendors include Bennington Hills Farm, Rasmi’s Falafel and Wild Culture Ferments, along with others. They will all be positioned at least 10 feet apart.

“Customers leave their contact information at the door for contact tracing purposes,” said Scheel. “Everyone in the building has to wear a mask, and the vendor has to distance.”

Organizers will not permit customers to touch the products or produce, as most items will be pre-bagged.

For more information, visit www.downtownorangeville.ca and click on the farmers' market tab.

Joshua Santos, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Orangeville Banner