Farmers' Market ready to reopen on Saturday

After a 10-week hiatus, the Prince George Farmers' Market will reopen this Saturday and measures have been taken to keep patrons from contracting and spreading the novel coronavirus.

For one, many of the table vendors will be relocated outside the PGFMA's building at Third and Quebec to allow for proper social distancing and there will simply be fewer of them.

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What's more, hand-washing stations will be set up at the entrances to the building and to the street market.

Produce and baking will be pre-bagged and vendors will supply shopping bags, while reusable bags and totes will not be permitted.

And patrons are encouraged to stay home if they're sick or unwell and to wash their hands and maintain social distancing while at the market.

Beyond that, they can expect a return to what they enjoyed prior to the closure in late March.

"The current board of the PGFMA is committed to maintaining a balance of farmers, ranchers, growers, bakers, artists and artisans," PGFMA president Martin Krell said.

"The goal is to have a market that is 60-per-cent food from local farmers, ranchers and growers with 40-per-cent bakers, artists and artisans.

"The PGFMA needs to be seen as an essential food hub for Prince George and we need to support our local farmers, ranchers and growers in doing so."

The market will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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