The Columbia City Farmers Market will be reopening this Wednesday, so mark your calendars.
The market is set to open from 3 to 7 pm on June 10 and will enforce new guidelines for vendors and shoppers.
Guests can expect new foot traffic patterns, rules, and a modified layout, with only one market entrance on Edmunds Street and 35 South to control the capacity of those entering and exiting.
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Shoppers are encouraged to wear face coverings and will not be allowed to touch the produce, as all handling of products can only be done by vendors and staff. There will be no sampling or prepared food. Market visitors must also maintain six feet of space at all times and avoid touching things whenever possible.
Organizers are asking that shoppers make lists and designate only one shopper per household.
“While farmers’ markets are often social spaces, it is important not to confuse this as the primary purpose,” said organizers.
“Our basic needs, including those for food, drink, and agriculture, have not changed during this crisis. We believe that open-air markets with transparent and short supply chains can be the safest and best way to obtain food during this crisis.”
Market organizers have worked alongside Public Health Seattle King County, the City of Seattle, and the mayor’s office to ensure everyone’s health and safety.
The Columbia City Market is reopening this Wednesday! After weeks of pushing and negotiating, the market returns to serve our South End community on Edmunds Street and 35th South, 3-7pm! Note: Shoppers may not enter market before 3pm, single entrance on 35th Ave S! #WelcomeBack pic.twitter.com/dU3ejgzZ3t
— Seattle Farmers Mkts (@SeattleFarmMkts) June 8, 2020