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East Gwillimbury Farmers Market set to open July 2 at Civic Centre

There will be additional precautions taken at the market this year to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
June 22, 2020
Simon Martin

The East Gwillimbury Farmers Market is coming back at its new Civic Centre location in Sharon Thursday, July 2.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 the market will have additional precautions this year.

Screening questions will be reviewed prior to entrance. Customers are being asked to keep two metres of distance between other attendees. It is being encouraged that one person attends the market and that children do not attend the market. Visitors are asked to wear a face mask.

Last year the farmers’ market committee requested a location change in 2020.

A number of challenges were identified with the old location at Yonge and Green Lane. They included limited growth potential as the market reached its capacity of about 24 vendors this year; poor visibility from Yonge Street and Green Lane; poor parking lot design making the market difficult to access; not being close to all communities in East Gwillimbury; the opening of Longo's and existing covenants at the plaza that restrict vendors; and issues with parked cars being left in the area where the market sets up on Thursdays.

The hope is that people will come to the market on the way home as they travel along Leslie Street, Mayor Virginia Hackson said last year. “I think this is a really good opportunity for our community. It’s within walking distance of residents.”

Staff said the change will provide a centralized market location that will be accessible to all of East Gwillimbury.

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