October 20th, 2020

Downtown Farmers’ Market to feature new location and rules


By Lethbridge Herald on July 16, 2020.

Customers line up behind a display of berries during the Downtown Farmer's Market in a past season at Festival Square. The outdoor Farmers' Market will be returning July 22 with a new location to accommodate social distancing. Herald file photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Greg Bobinec
Lethbridge Herald
gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com
Lethbridge’s Wednesday Farmers’ Market will be returning to the downtown Lethbridge core, starting on July 22, with a new location to accommodate social distancing.
Downtown Lethbridge Business Revitalization Zone and Lethbridge Exhibition Park made the announcement that the 14th annual Downtown Farmers’ Market would be returning to the core in its new location on 2 Avenue between 4 Street and 5 Street South.
“Despite everything that has gone on this year, we’re very excited to welcome back the Wednesday Farmers’ Market,” says Ted Stilson, Downtown BRZ executive director. “Although the downtown has been impacted by COVID-19, there are still a number of public and private developments taking place this year. Those investments, combined with new businesses opening, a new brand and the addition of a number of outdoor patio spaces, have provided us with a lot of optimism for the future of our downtown.”
The Downtown Lethbridge Farmers’ Market will be open each Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This year’s market will be adhering to strict social distancing guidelines set out by Alberta Health Services, including but not limited to a one-entry/one-exit system.
“We’re strongly committed to the revitalization efforts that are ongoing in our city’s core,” says Mike Warkentin, Exhibition Park chief operating officer. “The Farmers’ Market is one way we can contribute to this and provide some normalcy in a year that has been anything but.”
The health and safety of guests, vendors and staff is the highest priority for the Downtown BRZ and Exhibition Park when putting on the market. Vendors are required to submit a signed COVID-19 screening document prior to each week’s market. Vendors and guests who self-diagnose or show any of the common symptoms for COVID-19 are required to not participate in market activities until they have been given approval and appropriate documentation to do so by a medical professional. For more information on the Downtown Farmers’ Market, visit exhibitionpark.ca/farmers-market.
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