Farmers' Market

Restoring Safe Services

Guidance for Farmers' Markets

NEW Last updated: July 27, 2020

Manitoba Farmers' Markets are defined as an essential service under Manitoba's Chief Provincial Public Health Office Order (CPPHO). This document provides guidance to market coordinators and vendors about the standards that must be met, including the use of physical distancing measures and hygienic practices to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Use this information as an addendum to the current Manitoba Farmers' Market Guidelines.

All farmers' markets within Manitoba must implement the measures listed below. These requirements are subject to change.


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Frequently Asked Questions


I have a hot dog cart/mobile food truck. Can I still operate at a farmer's market?

Yes, temporary food vendors can operate once they have been approved as a temporary food vendor and received their Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living permit from the public health inspector. All food needs to be packaged by the food vendor in take-out containers and all condiments added by the food vendor. No self-service of condiments, other foods, drinks, napkins, cutlery or straws.


Can a farmers' market still have temporary food vendors?

Yes, temporary food vendors can operate once they have been approved as a temporary food vendor and received their Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living permit from the public health inspector. All food needs to be packaged by the food vendor for take-out only and all condiments added by the food vendor.

No self-service of condiments, other foods, drinks, napkins, cutlery or straws.


I make cookies, cakes, bread and jams at home. Can I still sell these items at the farmers' market?

Yes, you may sell non-potentially hazardous foods you have made at home at the farmers' markets once reviewed by the public health inspector. Food handling should be limited on-site at the market, so you are encouraged to pre-package and label sale items as per the Farmers' Market Guidelines.


If I make non-potentially hazardous foods at home and pre-package and label my cookies, muffins, or jam, can I drop them off at the market to be sold by the market organizer or do I need to be at the market to sell my own items?

All non-potentially hazardous foods must meet the requirements in the Farmers' Market Guidelines and must be pre-approved by the public health inspector. You can drop off your pre-packaged items at the market, but they must be sold by you or the designated market organizer.


Can I set up on-line orders for the non-potentially hazardous foods I make at home and have the items ready for pick up at my designated Farmers' Market?

All non-potentially hazardous foods must meet the requirements in the Farmers' Market Guidelines and must be pre-approved by the public health inspector. You can have your pre-orders ready for pick up at the market, but they must be sold/delivered by you or the designated market organizer.


I have sold my cookies and breads I make at home at Farmer's Markets in the past. Can I now sell my home-prepared foods on-line direct to customers and not through the farmers market?

No. Only on-line sales are allowed by a market vendor who is registered with an approved Farmers' Market operation, and customers need to arrange for pick up at the Farmers' Market location. The market vendor/organizer or their staff need to complete the transaction at the market.


Can the market set up face painting, and other similar activities?

No, markets must cancel all activities that promote close person-to-person contact, such as face painting, at this time.


I make hand soap and homemade dish detergent and other cleaning supplies. Can I sell these essential cleaning items at the market?

Yes, hand soap and other cleaning supplies are considered essential household products.


I make hand-sewn cloth/non-medical facemasks. Can I sell them at the market?

Yes.


I have sold plants and seeds at farmers' markets in the past. Can I sell these items at the market?

Yes.