Akwesasne Farmer's Market Re-Opens with Safety in Mind
While Covid-19 continues to stall events and put summer on hold, the Akwesasne Farmer's Market opened again for the public providing the community with fresh goods, beaded crafts, and more. An important part of the initiative is to keep the community members safe by practicing social distancing guidelines and masks will be required when going through the market. As well, the vendors will be separated six feet apart and will be required to wear masks.
"I feel safe; there are a lot of safety measures taken to keep everyone healthy," said Ashley McDonald, one of the many vendors returning to the Farmer's Market. The pandemic has put a lot of small business' in a financial crisis, especially for independent creators whose primary source of income is from selling handmade and homemade goods and crafts.
The Farmer's Market has been going on for a few years at Generation's Park with a significant amount of success, however, there was some wonder if the Farmer's Marker would reopen. Many community members asked the St. Regis Health Promotion and Planning Program if - or when there would be a Farmer's Market this year. The delay was due to the employees of the HPP keeping a careful eye on the Coronavirus pandemic and see if it would be safe enough to do so.
Program Manager for the Health Promotion and Planning, Jessica Ayotte, Assistant Health Director, says that she is very excited about the community response to the Market with a steady flow on the first day it opened.
"We've taken every precaution we can. We have a handwashing station, all vendors are to bag their items – I'm very excited, and I can tell that the community is delighted to see the market is open," said Ayotte.
The market will now be open on Thursdays and Saturday, Thursday from 11 am, and 2 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm and will be open for the rest of the summer.