The Ladner Village Market’s 24th season continues today with an estimated 70 vendors selling a wide variety of food items along 48th Avenue.
Set to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the market has become a food-only affair in 2020 due to COVID-19 health protocols. It is completely fenced and includes a cap on the number of shoppers at any one time.
The 2020 season was scheduled to begin in June, but the first two editions had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Today is the third of five dates this year with markets also set for Aug. 23, and Sept. 13.
Vendors will be selling fresh produce, prepared foods and edible plants. This focus allows vendors and shoppers to maintain physical distancing within the existing market footprint.
Here’s what you need to know about the market:
* There’s only one entrance at the corner of Delta Street and 48th Avenue. There will be ample area to queue prior to entering and there will be a controlled number of people allowed in the market to allow for proper physical distancing.
* The market will flow in one direction only. Shoppers will be asked to follow the “Shop-Do Not Stop” theme found in all farmers’ markets this year.
* There will be multiple hand washing/sanitizing stations within the market and it is highly recommended each guest entering the gates use hand sanitizer upon entry.
* No eating is allowed within the market so you must keep all foods in their packaging until after you leave the market.
* Vendors will be taking necessary precautions within their booths to ensure hygiene, so shoppers are asked to follow their instructions and signage.
* No dogs will be allowed into the market, except for certified service dogs.
* Shoppers will be encouraged to use cashless, no contact payment methods.