Find out what you need to know before shopping at Vancouver Farmers Markets during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Q: Are the markets open during COVID-19?
A: Yes. We have seven summer markets opening between May 1 – June 3. All of our markets are operating as essential services with full COVID-19 safety protocols in place. More info on market times, dates and locations on our homepage.
Q: What safety measures do the markets have in place?
A: We have a number of COVID-19 safety protocols in place at our markets. Read our COVID-19 Response Plan to learn more about what we’re doing for your safety.
Q: Are people required to wear masks while at the market?
A: Mask wearing is not required in outdoor settings at this time, however, we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask while at the markets.
Q: Is physical distancing in effect at the markets?
A: Yes. We ask that everyone in the market – shoppers, vendors, market crew, and volunteers – maintain 2 m (6 ft) from others at all times.
Q: Will capacity at markets be limited to ensure physical distancing is maintained?
A: Yes. There is a maximum capacity in place at each of our market sites. VFM staff monitor capacity at market entrances and exits throughout each market day to ensure physical distancing is maintained.
In addition to market site capacities, each vendor stall will also have a maximum capacity – please look for the maximum occupancy signs before entering and adhere to the max. number at all times.
Q: Is there a reserved time for seniors to shop at the markets?
A: Yes. We are reserving the first 30 minutes of each market day for seniors (65+), people with mobility challenges, and others most vulnerable to COVID-19.
Q: Are the line-ups to get into the markets long?
A: Wait times vary, but average wait times are between 10-20 mins, depending on the market. Wait times tend to be longer in the first 1-2 hours of each market, so consider coming later in the market day or pre-order to skip the line-up though VFM Online Orders.
Q: What measures are vendors taking to keep markets safe?
A: Every vendor stall is different depending on their product and stall configuration. However, there are a number of requirements that all VFM vendors must follow:
- Complete a health check with the market manager upon arrival at the market.
- Maintain 2 m (6 ft) of physical distancing or physical barriers between themselves, fellow vendors and shoppers.
- Wear a mask when physical distancing may not be possible (i.e. when restocking items in their booth).
- Regular hand-washing and stall sanitizing.
- Encourage shoppers to eat outside the market.
Q: What forms of payment are being accepted at the markets right now?
A: Credit and debit cards are accepted by most vendors. Many vendors, but not all, are now accepting cash. No Market Money is available for purchase at the moment.
Q: Can I come to the market with my friend or family member?
A: Vancouver Farmers Markets are functioning as essential services at this time. We ask that you shop alone, not in groups and send only one member of your household to the market whenever possible.
Q: Can I order from vendors online?
Q: What can I buy at the markets right now?
A: You can search for specific products and vendors using our online search tool.
Q: Can I eat my food truck meal or pastry in the market?
A: No. Shoppers are not permitted to stop and eat inside of the market, and we ask that they purchase all food items to go.
Q: Can I select my own produce?
A: Yes, but we ask that shoppers avoid handling any items they do not intend to purchase and to sanitize their hands before selecting produce.
Q: Are there hand sanitizing stations at the markets?
A: Yes. Hand sanitizing stations are located near the entrance of each market.
Q: Can I bring my reusable tote bags and produce bags?
A: Yes. We encourage our shoppers to bring their reusable bags every time they shop at the market.
Q: Can I bring my dog to the market?
A: No. Dogs and other animals, with the exception of service animals, are not permitted at the markets at this time.
We look forward to a return to regular market life, but in the meantime, we extend our thanks for your continued support, understanding, and assistance in keeping everyone safe while at the markets.
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