The Metro Health Farms Market opened Thursday with some slight alterations.
The farmers market, at 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW in Wyoming, will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 8.
Under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order, vendors will be limited to those who sell produce and food products, including baked goods and homemade canned items like honey, jams and syrups.
“We have worked hard to keep the opening day on schedule amid the challenges of COVID-19,” said Greg Meyer, chief community officer, Metro Health-University of Michigan Health. “We have taken extra precautions to keep our local vendors safe while providing a fresh, healthy food source for shoppers.”
Vendors will be stationed further apart, and there will be marked signage for customers to keep 6 feet apart. There also will be a traffic flow system, using arrows on the ground to aid customers. Artisan vendors will not be allowed to sell until later in the season.
There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the market, and customers are encouraged to leave their reusable shopping bags at home to limit the number of items vendors need to touch. In addition, samples will be suspended until further notice.
In 2019, the Metro Health Farmer’s Market averaged 1,200-1,300 people daily during the peak season.