Haliburton County residents can mark one activity on their social calendars during lockdown with the farmers markets resuming May 18.

The markets are back every Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m., behind Rails End Gallery in Haliburton; every Saturday at the Minden Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting May 22 and every Friday from noon to 4 p.m. down North Shore Road in Algonquin Highlands beginning June 18.

New market manager Rob McConnell said because the markets feature agricultural products they are considered an essential service so are allowed to be open.

The usual COVID protocols will be in place, including mask wearing, physical distancing and limitations on how many people can be in the market at any one time.

McConnell said the Haliburton location has shifted to the right in the park and will provide more space for the 21 vendors there.

“So, that’s really good news.”

The others are in the same locations as last year. Another addition is the return of Into the Blue Bakery and its wood-fired pizzas, he said. They will be on site in mid June.

McConnell said the markets wouldn’t be possible without vendors at all three sites.

“We would like to thank all the vendors for participating. We want to wish them a very enjoyable market season. People can expect to see all the traditional vendors that appeal to them, ones that are regular vendors are going to be returning, and we’ll have a few new ones.”

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