Seattle farmers' markets will reopen on April 18

Apr 16 2020, 1:12 pm

Mark your calendars, but don’t go too crazy — two University District farmers’ markets will be reopening this Saturday.

The University District and Ballard markets are set to open from 9 am to 2 pm on April 18 and will enforce new guidelines to both vendors and shoppers.

“Our farmers’ markets are extremely modified to serve essential needs and conform to new public health guidelines,” said an email announcement from Seattle Neighborhood Farmers’ Markets.

The two markets will feature new foot traffic patterns and rules as well as a modified layout.

Shoppers 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 in order to protect the community.

The farmers’ market organizers are asking that shoppers make lists and designate only one shopper per household. You must also maintain six feet of space at all times, and avoid touching things if necessary.

“While farmers’ markets are often social spaces, it is important not to confuse this as the primary purpose,” said Seattle Neighborhood Farmers’ Markets.

“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.