COVID-19 FAQS


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. All we have two winter farmers markets open as essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic – Riley Park(Saturdays) and Hastings Park (Sundays). A full list of our markets with date, time, and location info can be found on our homepage.

Q: What safety measures do the markets have in place?

A: Read our COVID-19 Response Plan to learn more about what we’re doing for your safety.

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 will be monitoring capacity at market entrances and exits throughout each market day to ensure physical distancing is maintained.

Riley Park Winter Farmers Market is operating as four mini market zones this season. Shoppers will find a good selection of items in each zone, including: winter fruits & veggies, meat, eggs, & dairy, prepared food, craft beverages, and handmade craft items. View the zones and vendor listings on the Riley Park Market Map. Please note: shoppers accessing multiple market zones have to line-up separately at each.

Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market will look similar to previous years, with the addition of a controlled entrance and exit. View the market stalls and vendor listings on the Hastings Park Market Map.

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 – 10:00am – 10:30am – 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 for Riley Park are 15-20 mins per zone, and between 5-10 mins at Hastings Park. 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-ordering to skip the line-up though VFM Online Orders.

Q: What measures are vendors taking to keep markets safe? 

A: Every vendor is going to have a different approach depending on their product and stall configuration, however, there are few “musts” that VFM requires all vendors follow:

  • Stay home if sick or have symptoms
  • Maintain physical distancing between themselves and shoppers
  • 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?

A: Yes! VFM Online Orders allows shoppers to pre-order and pay for their weekly shop ahead of time. More info on the service and how to order at this page.

Q: What can I buy at the markets right now?

A: You can search for specific products and vendors using our online search tool.

As of December 2 2020 the Gatherings and Events order states that farmers’ markets are once again only permitted to sell food items – flowers and other non-food items will not be at markets until further notice.

Q: Can I eat my food truck meal or pastry in the market?

A: No. There is currently no eating onsite at the markets, and we are asking that shoppers 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.

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.

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.

Please stay home if you are sick, and consider wearing a mask while shopping to protect other shoppers, vendors, and market staff.

The status of our market operations can change at any time. Stay up to date with what’s happening – subscribe to our Market Share newsletter for updates direct to your inbox each Friday.