Farmers Market season starts this weekend after being deemed an essential business

With April in full gear, the Farmers Market season is officially beginning. Since they’ve been deemed an essential business, the first one will be a go this Saturday.

Kansas Grown Farmers Market will have their opening day Saturday, April 11 from 7am to 12pm at their usual location of 7001 W 21st St. Organizers are doing everything they can to make sure it’s a safe shopping experience for everyone. Here’s a list of what they are letting people know heading into the first event of the year:

1. Be healthy and safe. Please do not come if you are sick.
2. Please reserve the first hour (7am-8am) for the elderly and immune compromised.
3. Come prepared with a shopping list or an idea of what you are looking for.
4. Social distancing. Allow for at least six feet while shopping and waiting in line. Our vendors will be given plenty of space between booths.
5. Let the vendors help. Please don’t touch any items you have not already purchased or plan to purchase.
6. Use any of the available hand washing stations set up throughout market.

Please know:
1. Vendors will not be sampling
2. There will not be coffee, water, cookies or candy at the information table at this time.
3.The Extension Office is closed. There will be port-a-potty units set up for use with hand washing stations available.
4. We will still have our market tokens for purchase. Visit the Information table for more info.
5. Double Food Bucks are available for those who have EBT, Kansas Benefits Cards or Vision. If you have any questions visit us at the information table.

We will also have 100 reusable shopping bags to hand out available at the Information table courtesy of American Ag Credit!

The following week, the Old Town Farmers Market kicks off their season on the 18th at 835 E 1st St. If you’re curious as to why they made the decision to open up, they released a COVID-19 statement on their website that you can check out. The biggest takeaway statement was, Old Town Farm & Art Market serves an essential function of community health as both the fresh foods and personal relationships at the Market are a vital component of our city’s general health and well-being.

So if you’re up to it, grab your masks, clean your hands and get yourself some fresh produce and locally made products.

Happy Dining,

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