Albeit in a toned-down way, the Muskegon Farmers Market plans to open for the season this week.
The market said Tuesday that when it reopens Saturday for the season, it will have “a different look and feel.”
“Music and entertainment have been eliminated, along with picnic tables,” the market said. “Face masks will be highly encouraged of all visitors, and social distancing will be required. Crafters will not be at the market at this time. Farmers, bakers and other food items along with vendors selling plants and flowers will be available, along with cloth masks for purchase.”
Additionally, the market said aisles will be divided with one-way traffic and limited access points. Volunteers will monitor each end of the aisles to count the number of people allowed at a time.
Food trucks will be required to have food completely packaged to-go and will not provide utensils. Shoppers may point to the items they want to purchase, and the vendors will bag those items. Vendors will be required to wear masks and gloves.
Most of the popular fruits are not yet in season, but shoppers will find flowers, meats, cheeses and vegetables such as lettuce and potatoes, along with honey and bakery items, on Saturday, with about 40 vendors on-hand for opening day.
The market will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Nov. 30
This year, the Power of Produce program for children was canceled. The market hopes to offer the program next year, but for the safety of children, the market is asking parents to leave the little ones at home whenever possible and limit the number of family members making the trip.
“This is the opening day of the market, so we ask for your patience and understanding as we learn the ins and outs and make changes as we go,” the market said.
“We know this is a trying time for many families. The farmers market will continue to be there to support you.”
The market is now accepting vendor applications for Tuesday and Thursday market days. For more information, people can visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com or call (231) 722-3251.
Most fundraising activities are being eliminated this year, so the market is asking individuals and businesses in a financial position to be able to sponsor the market to become a “Friend of the Market.”
More information about the sponsorship program is here.