How are farmers markets different from food stores?

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I fail to understand why farmers markets remain closed in Ontario. Since the onset of COVID-19, I can buy meat, vegetables and canned goods at a grocery store, baked goods at a bakery and snacks from a food truck. All of these are open to the public and are the same products that are offered at farmers markets across Ontario.

We have been asked that during this unprecedented disruption to support local businesses and local agriculture. Farmers markets provide the ideal hub for local farmers to serve their communities, but there is no firm date from the province on when they can open.

Due to complaints from the industry, the Ontario Government announced, on May 8, that all garden centres and nurseries will be allowed to open. So, what about farmers markets? If good things grow in Ontario, when is Ontario going to let farmers sell them? Its time for Doug Ford to treat farmers markets in the province fairly.

Scott Dunlop, Carleton Place, Ont.


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