The West Seattle Farmers Market will be opening this Sunday, so mark your calendars, but don’t go too crazy.
The market is set to open from 10 am to 2 pm on May 3 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 emailed announcement from Seattle Neighborhood Farmers’ Markets.
The market will feature new foot traffic patterns, rules, and a modified layout, with only one market entrance at Alaska and California to control the capacity of those entering and exiting.
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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. 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.