Modified Market for 2020

Due to the active global pandemic, Covid-19 our regular market activities have changed significantly to ensure our local communities still have access to essential local food, and we can support our local economy.

Please read this page carefully.

We have greatly reduced the number of vendors to allow for social distancing. We may, during peak hours block access to the market so that our customers can maintain social distance. We will need your assistance by moving through the market without making it a social space. Our staff may direct you to avoid lingering, please be kind.

We encourage you to wear a mask. Public health directives suggest that wearing a mask may reduce the spread of the virus. You may wish to pre-order from our vendors or simply come in and shop. Ask your favourite vendors if you can pre-order and how, if you would like to.

Please do not visit our Food Hub if you:

  • Have been outside of the Atlantic provinces in the last 14 days
  • You have a fever or cough or are otherwise feeling unwell
  • If you have been in contact with someone you know has contracted Covid-19 in the last 14 days

Our regular Farmers & Traders Market is obviously known for being a social gathering. This is not our regular market. We are asking you to purchase your goods, exit the market area and then enjoy your goods and socialize together elsewhere in town. This will allow us to ensure we can have many folks through the market as possible.

It is required to provide Covid-19 Prevention Plan to health inspectors on request in writing at the market. We have provided it here for our customers below as well:

Farmers’ market workplace COVID-19 prevention plan

Current and active as of 2020-09-16

The Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market has developed the following prevention plan with support from the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia (FMNS) Cooperative. As a member of FMNS, we’ve received detailed instructions on how to safely run and operate our farmers’ market while ensuring that our market complies with the Health Protection Act Order and public health directives. To read FMNS’ full compliance directives, please go to:

Please note the following conditions observed by the Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market:

  • Our farmers’ market has an active Public Market Permit.
  • Each of our Schedule A vendors has an active Public Market Permit.
  • Our market is complying with the Health Protection Act Order and public health directives.
  • Our market is ensuring 2-metre social distancing protocols are maintained at all times.
  • This plan has been communicated to our vendors.
  • Our market personnel and vendors understand their duties and responsibilities to follow this plan in order to comply with safe practices, including those identified by the FMNS Cooperative.

The following rules are being actively followed at the Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market:

  • Barriers will block additional entrances into the market square when the number of market customers dictates a need. Plastic barriers have been installed between covered market stalls. Vendor tables have been placed 2 meters apart. Signage asking customers to maintain social distance is posted during market hours.  
  • Most vendors offer pre-ordering for their customers and accommodations have been offered and advertised to assist customers who are unwilling to enter the market square such as bringing pre-orders out to vehicles to be placed in a trunk. 
  • Hand sanitizer has been provided at the usual market entrance and exit and several vendors also provide it for customers. Facemasks are required when vendors cannot maintain social distance. All tables are stored for 7 days between uses or are stored outdoors. When Wednesday markets are running (July & August) tables are sanitized after the market. The comfort station is available for hand washing and additional hand sanitizer for all customers and vendors.