As Covid19 continues, I wondered what would happen to Minneapolis’ Farmers Market.
My Friend, Anna sent an email to the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market and she received a very detailed and courteous reply.
Below are the two Minneapolis Farmer’s Markets that my friends contacted for opening times and changes for Summer 2020. Cheers!
There will be a Farmer’s Market.
MINNEAPOLIS LYNDALE FARMERS MARKET
Hello Anna,I did receive your initial email asking for more information on how the Minneapolis Farmers Market will respond to the COVID 19 situation. Apologies for the delayed response.1. How will we handle crowds? At this time, the market is not as full as a typical summer weekend. Right now we are utilizing the entire market site to space the very few vendors we have. Crowds have been minimal and we do have signs and tape (similar to what you see in grocery stores) to indicate where to stand for service and where to stand to keep distance. Our vendors will also be using empty tables, placed in front of their display tables, to help keep distance between customers and vendors.Should this extend into the summer, we have plans to create a barrier around the market. With this barrier we will have have designated entrances and exits. This way we will be able to control our customer count and limit, if necessary, the amount of people in the market area. Also, if need to, we will only have vendors on one side of the sheds. This way it will widen the aisles for customers to move about the market.I also want to add to this by saying that the vendors will be wearing gloves and masks as well to help protect everyone visiting the market. We will have hand washing stations and hand sanitizer available. There will be no food consumption on site – the hope is that without the food there will be less hand to mouth contact and less people sitting/lingering at the market.2. What are our hours? For the month of April, we will be open this weekend the 18th and 19th and next weekend the 25th and 26th from 6am to 1pm. We will then begin our summer hours in May. So starting in May we will be open every day, 6am to 1pm. However, there will be some days (especially during the week) where no vendors set up because it can still be quite cold.3. As of current, all of our annual vendors will be present this season. If you have someone particular in mind, let me know and I can make the connections for you. A lot of them have been taking pre-orders and/or online orders. This way you can just pick up your order at the market or farm (if the vendor allows). Again, if you know who you want to order from, I can directly connect you to them.Overall, we are following all of the guidelines from the city and state officials to ensure we follow all of the protocols for social distancing. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. I know this is a tough time for all of us. But I want to assure you, we are doing everything we can to make sure everyone is safe!
I am happy to share what I know as of now for the upcoming season.We have been operating pickup markets for the last couple of winter markets and have one last one this weekend. We will open on May 2nd and at this point plan to operate thru October as normally planned, unless otherwise directed by the authorities.We are compiling our plans on this page of our website. We will update this page further next week when we define the outdoor season. What I do know that we will be doing is:
- Reserving the first hour for customers who are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and/or have compromised immune systems
- Limiting numbers of customers and entry points to be in compliance with CDC’s physical distancing guidelines (likely with temporary fencing)
- Adding spacing between vendor stalls to provide safe physical distancing.
- Providing public hand washing and sanitizing products on-site
- We will continue to offer SNAP and Market Bucks matching. We will have hand sanitizer available for all to use.
- We have cancelled all market community events, including music, cooking demos, and sampling in order to reduce loitering and ensure customers are moving thru quickly.
- No sampling will be permitted at the market.
- All prepared foods must be take-out to eat off-site.Customers encouraged to:
- If you are sick or a member of your family is sick, STAY HOME
- Maintain a distance of six feet from vendors and other shoppers.
- Please leave your dogs and children (and senior family members?) at home. Households should have no more than one or two people doing their shopping.
- Please keep your visit short and do not linger, socialize or congregate inside the market, in order for our vendors to serve as many customers as possible.
- Wear a mask when entering the market space, in accordance with the CDC recommendation.We will be doing our best to enforce the above.As far as your question to vendors. We are in the process of defining this. We will need to rotate ( on every other week or more basis. most all vendors other than produce farmers in order to have the space to space out the tents. So, you will need to check our weekly email or website to see who is there each week. I am happy to chat with you about specific vendors if you like.Have peaceful day wherever you may be.