Ottawa Farmers' Market and COVID-19

April 30, 2020 Update

The Ottawa Farmers’ Market Association would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support as we continue to work towards reopening the markets. Many of you have been reaching out to your City Councillors and MPPs and we truly appreciate your efforts.

Please know that we are currently working with the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health to develop a market at Lansdowne Park that ensures the safety of our customers, vendors, staff and volunteers. As you might imagine, once we are able to open our markets, they will not look anything like our normal vibrant, community driven markets. For the foreseeable future our main priority will be to connect our loyal customers with their favourite local producers in the safest way possible.

While we do not currently have a start date, we are working towards being open as soon as possible at our Lansdowne location. We hope that the plan we put in place at Lansdowne will serve as a template for our other market locations across the City. More now than ever, it is critical that we ensure safe access to consistent, local, and nutrient dense foods to communities across Ottawa.

Many of our vendors have developed and grown their online platforms in response to this crisis, and we encourage customers to continue to shop locally from our vendors while our markets reopen by visiting the list of vendor storefronts here.

With thanks,

Ottawa Farmers’ Market Association

April 6th, 2020 Update

The City has extended its facilities closure, so for the time being our markets are on hold. We are working hard to provide you with alternative ways to access local food in Ottawa and will update you as soon as we know more. Please consider supporting vendors by ordering from them directly. Under the COVID-19 tab, you will find a new tab with vendors who are able to take orders at this time. Additionally, we have linked some resources to help you navigate through these difficult times.

Just as Ottawa has pulled together in a spirit of community after natural disasters in recent years, we are confident that we will pull together now to help support one another. We love being a part of the Ottawa community and promise to do our part.

Thank you all, and be well.

OFMA staff