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 six of our summer markets will be open on schedule and operating as essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. A full list of markets with date, time, and location info can be found on our homepage.

Q: Are the markets safe to shop at during COVID-19?

A: We are working closely with our municipal partners at City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health to ensure that physical distancing and other safety measures are in place at all of our markets. Learn what we’re doing for your safety here.

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.

Q: What forms of payment are being accepted at the markets right now?

A: Credit and debit cards are accepted by most vendors. Select vendors are accepting cash. No Market Money is available for purchase at the moment.

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. This applies to all six of our summer locations – Riley Park, Trout Lake, Kitsilano, West End, Mt. Pleasant, and Main St. Station.

Q: Can I come to the market with my friend or family member?

A: No. 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. Live alone? Consider sending a friend or neighbour to do your shopping.

Q: Can I order from vendors online?

A: Yes. VFM Online Orders enables shoppers to pre-order and pay for their weekly shop ahead of time. *Please note: we cannot offer delivery or express pick-up at this time. More info on the service and how to order at this page.

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

A: Our markets are food-only at this time. Craft, flowers and non-food related nursery products, and some hot food service is not available at this time. UPDATE (May 28): Dr. Bonnie Henry has lifted the restrictions on sales of non-food items at farmers markets in BC. Stay tuned for more details as we work to bring these products/vendors back to the markets.

Q: Can I eat my food truck meal at the market?

A: No. By order of the BC Public Health Official Bonnie Henry, it is not permitted to eat food at farmers markets at this time. UPDATE (May 28): Dr. Bonnie Henry has lifted the restrictions on eating prepared foods at farmers markets in BC. We are currently working with our municipal partners at VCH and City of Vancouver to allow for some seating areas where shoppers can eat prepared food and food truck meals.

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 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.