Farmers Markets Opening with Different Look
The first week of May is opening season for Colorado farmers markets with many markets around the state coming on line this month. Others follow in June.
Deemed essential services during the COVID-19 crisis, food vendors are ready to serve and farmers are ready to deliver.
Rosalind May, Executive Director Colorado Farmers Market Association says it is a different experience this year and visitors may see long lines to get inside due to social distancing requirements.
Rosalind May: “ Just know that market managers and vendors are putting in huge effort to make it possible for markets to open. Our farmers markets are typically social gathering places where there’s music and face painting and talking with your neighbors and those aspects of farmers markets are not going to be there this year because in order to keep our farmers safe our vendors safe, our community safe we really need to keep that social distancing in place. So your market manager is going to be asking you to go in, get what you need and leave. We care about you as a customer but that we need everyone to spend as little time in the market as possible.
Rosalind May: “Because we love you, goodbye.”
Some markets are also offering virtual shopping and pre-orders to reduce time spent in crowds.
The Colorado Farmers Market Association has a list of markets. Each market has information about its dates, hours and special instructions for visitors at individual sites. Visitors are encouraged to check out special instructions before heading over.