Local vendors are asked to send in their applications soon for Kenora’s annual Matiowski Farmers’ Markets, which will return in 2021.

Helena Devins with Tourism Kenora, who works as the Market Coordinator, says COVID-19 protocols are expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future, while the country awaits the vaccine’s rollout.

“We had a great run last year with our modified market model. The hope is to use that model going into the start of this year, with hopefully the opportunity to expand as the season progresses.”

Last year, safety precautions at the market included not being allowed entry if you have COVID-19 symptoms, if you have travelled outside of Canada, or if you’ve been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of the illness.

One person per family could shop while remaining socially-distant and not touching the products, masks were strongly recommended, and you were asked to follow the arrows and signage throughout the market, which is considered an outdoor venue.

Hand sanitizer and hand-washing supplies were available for all vendors and customers throughout the area, and vendors worked to offer pre-packaged products and round out their prices to reduce cash handling as much as possible.

Applications to join the market in 2021 are due by Monday, March 1 and can be found on the City of Kenora's website or obtained by emailing hdevins@kenora.ca.

The Matiowski Farmers’ Market runs with a ‘make it, bake it, grow it’ philosophy and is open to farmers and other vendors wishing to sell: produce, food and/or handmade products.

The 16th annual Matiowski Farmers' Market season kicks off on Wednesday, June 16 and runs for 16 weeks under the Whitecap Pavilion between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Wednesday. Devins adds staff hope the Spring Fling specialty market will take place on May 22.

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