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Running a Safe Market with Your Help
After weeks of preparation, we're finally ready to open our arms back up to our market community. Of course, in the age of COVID-19, those arms will be waving only from at least a six foot distance.
Before we all return to shopping for our favorites, we have to acknowledge that this is a different and difficult time for farmers' markets. Farmers have lost access to many venues to get their products out there. Many farmers have lost restaurant sales, are facing market delays or closures and with the timeline to return to normal uncertain, planning for the future is difficult.
Bringing the farmers' market back is key for many farmers to remain viable. It's key for our market community as well, with access to safe, healthy, local food more important than ever. It's that core value that we'll hold onto this season as we adapt to a different atmosphere at the Westside...
As we work towards getting open for the 2020 season, we feel much like the metaphorical roast waiting to be set upon the dinner table.
We've been working so hard to get all the elements right to lay a delicious feast before our guests. But before we can sit down to eat, it must be cooked through and safe to enjoy.
That's where we're at with the market season: the table is set, the guests are hungry and all that remains is that final check that'll let us know it's safe to eat.
Early May is looking to be when the dinner bell will be rung, perhaps as soon as next weekend. We won't get your hopes up with an exact date too soon, but when we're given the all clear, we'll be ready to go.
While we wait for those finishing details, we encourage you all to be proactive in planning for your 2020 market trips during these changed times.
Perhaps that means planning out your shopping more than usual this season...
When we said goodbye to you all at the end of the 2019 market season, we never thought we'd be where we are now.
Instead of tantalizing you with what you can expect from the opening day of the market season, we must instead tell you that the season is delayed. Rather than catching up with friends, vendors, musicians and more this weekend, we have to delay those happy reunions until we can all come together again in a safe manner.
The good news is that we've been working hard to get going, despite the unprecedented circumstances keeping us apart for now. It's an age where creativity, compassion and patience are being held in high esteem. Farmers' markets around the country are adapting, we're one of them.
Right now we're pursuing multiple routes to connect our customers and our vendors. We hope that soon, we'll be able to do that back at our home behind the UW Digestive Health Center. Whether in a safely designed walkab...