With everything closing or being cancelled, it's almost strange to hear that something will definitely be open. It turns out that Ottawa Farmers' Markets will operate this summer, regardless of COVID-19. However, there will have to be some extra precautions taken.\nMayor Jim Watson made the announcement during a teleconference on April 27.\n"Farmers' markets will open," Watson said, according to CBC News. "The exact date, we're still working on."\nThe mayor hinted at the ideas of restricting entry into the markets to only a certain number of people at a time, as well as imposing other social distancing measures.\nThere have also been discussions about the markets potentially offering curbside pickup, so that locals can get their fresh veggies, without having to get out of the car.\nThe city will ultimately rely on the advice of Ottawa Public Health when it comes to how they can safely reopen the summer markets.\n"Making sure we protect both the customers and the vendors, and the farmers is of paramount importance," Watson explained on Tuesday.\nWhile markets will be allowed to open under proper health guidelines, some may choose to stay closed anyway.\nThat appears to be the case with the Carp Farmers Market, which wrote in a Facebook post, "We have decided to delay the opening of the Market, which means that the Market will not be opening in May."\nWe're excited to share with you an updated list of all of our Carp Market vendors who are currently offering contactless...Posted by Carp Farmers' Market on Sunday, April 26, 2020\nWhile Mayor Watson has committed to opening the farmers' markets, regardless of the circumstances, he noted that some areas will present more challenges than others. For example, Westboro’s, which is an extremely narrow space.\nDespite this, he promised to do whatever possible to make sure the summer markets are able to go ahead.\n“These farmers have put a lot of time, effort and money into planting their fields in the fall and obviously this is their base income,” Watson explained.\nReading that @JimWatsonOttawa is trying to make the farmers markets happen this summer is the best news I could’ve received this morning ☺️👨🏼🌾— Tanya (@tansta_s) April 28, 2020\nOntario has already made steps forward in terms of fresh food by allowing the use of community gardens as an essential service.\n"Today's new Provincial order confirms that community gardens will be allowed to re-open under local public health rules for safety," Toronto City Councillor Joe Cressy tweeted.\n"Toronto Public Health is working quickly with Parks staff to finalize these rules and ensure gardens can feed and enrich our communities this year."\nCommunity gardens are a critical part of our food system from a public health lens, and essential for food security. They are a part of the essential fabric of our city. https://t.co/VNcZrNUC8Y— Joe Cressy (@joe_cressy) April 25, 2020\nPrime Minister Justin Trudeau has mentioned in his own addresses that discussions with the provinces about how to reopen their economies have started taking place.\nIn Ottawa, it seems that fresh fruit and veggies is one thing locals won't have to go without!\n*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.