Updated: March 24, 2020

Direct Farm Manitoba encourages all of its markets and farmers to stay up to date and closely monitor current information pertaining to COVID-19, and to follow all guidelines set by both Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Most of Manitoba’s markets will not be opening their 2020 season until late May onwards. With new information arriving hourly, it remains our top priority to maintain the health and safety of all market staff, farmers, vendors, and customers.


Farmers’ Markets and farm gate sales are essential services,  and important places for Manitobans to access fresh, local food, while supporting the livelihoods of local farmers and producers.  In a time of unrest, they are a vital part of the food supply chain. DFM encourages coordinators to reach out to their Local Health Authority to discuss the measures the market is taking to mitigate risk and ensure the health of market attendees, vendors, and staff.

DFM encourages markets to cancel non-essential ‘extra’ events at their markets, including entertainment, food sampling, and demonstrations, and to increase vigilance in respect to the sanitizing of regularly handled items for both vendors and market organizers.

Markets will be encouraging visitors to ‘shop and move along’, as well as limiting touching of vendor products unless part of a sale.

DFM requests that visitors to the market, as well as market staff and vendors, follow the recommendations set out by Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living: 

Strategies for all Manitobans:

  • minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two meters/ six feet) contact between other individuals in public,
  • avoiding greetings that involve touching such as handshakes,
  • disinfecting frequently used surfaces,
  • following public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have travelled or have been exposed to someone ill with the virus, and
  • considering avoiding travel, crowded places and events, especially if you are at higher risk (e.g. seniors and those with underlying medical conditions)
  • cancelling or postponing any large-scale events with more than 250 attendees (this will help reduce prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two meters) contact between other individuals in public).

For more information please visit:

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living

Public Health Agency of Canada- Corona Virus

For questions about the COVID-19 you can also contact Health Links: To speak to a Health Links – Info Santé registered nurse, please call 204-788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257.