GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Farmers markets are opening across West Michigan but making significant modifications amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Some markets are only doing pickup orders at this time while others are limiting the number of customers that can be there at once to promote social distancing.
Below are brief descriptions of the precautions being taken by farmers markets in West Michigan:
Grand Haven Farmers Market:
Address: 301 N Harbor Drive, Grand Haven
When is it open? It will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in May. It will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from June 3 to Oct. 31.
COVID-19 Procedures: Customers will need to wear masks, maintain social distancing, not sample or touch products, and should not linger.
More information: facebook.com/GrandHavenFarmersMarket/
FULTON STREET FARMERS MARKET:
Address: 1145 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids
When is it open? 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting May 2 through October.
COVID-19 Procedures: The market can only accommodate 66 customers at a time. Customers line up at the Fulton Street entrance and exit near Fountain Street. Those with disabilities can use an accessible entrance on the east side. The market recommends one shopper per family.
More information: fultonstreetmarket.org
Holland Farmers Market:
Address: 150 West 8th St, Holland
When is it open? 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
COVID-19 Procedures: The first hour the market is open will be reserved for those who are immunocompromised, 60 or older and pregnant women. There will be two entrances and exits. Only essential items will be sold. People who have been ill or been around someone who has been sick in the past 14 days are asked to stay at home. Customers are asked to wear masks and maintain social distance.
More information: hollandfarmersmarket.com
Kalamazoo Farmers Market
Address: 1204 Bank Street, Kalamazoo
When is it open? The market will available for picking up orders only from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in May. The tentative opening day from the market is June 6.
COVID-19 Procedures: In May, people must directly order from vendors through the phone or online. You can’t directly shop from vendors at the market. The drive-thru entrance will be at the north lot. Cars will move in one direction. Vendors will be set up around the outside of the pavilion. Organizers ask customers to enter from Lake Street to Bank Street heading south.
More information: pfcmarkets.com
MUSKEGON FARMERS MARKET
Address: 242 West Western Ave., Muskegon
When is it open? The outdoor market will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through Nov. 30.
COVID-19 Procedures: Aisle-ways will be divided into one-way traffic. There will be limited access points. Volunteers will monitor each end of the aisles to count the number of people allowed at a time. Food trucks must have meals completely packaged to-go and will not be providing utensils. Vendors must wear masks and gloves and shoppers are highly encouraged to wear masks.
More information: muskegonfarmersmarket.com
Rockford Farmers Market
Address: 27 S Squires St. Square, Rockford
When is it open? 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday from May 2 to Oct. 31.
COVID-19 Procedures: Only 50 shoppers will be allowed at a time. Customers will be asked to stay at least 6 feet away from each other, wear a mask if they can and utilize the Xs on the ground when waiting in line. The market is also limiting the number of vendors.
More information: facebook.com/Rockford-MI-Farmers-Market-106213964406655/
Spring Lake Farm & Garden Market
Address: 225 E. Exchange St., Spring Lake
When is it open? It will be open on 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays from June 4 to Oct. 8.
COVID-19 Procedures: The market is slated to open June 4 in the parking lot of Harvest Bible Church. Organizers will follow the latest CDC guidance to ensure safety.
More information: www.facebook.com/SLFarmGardenMarket/
ZEELAND FARMERS MARKET
Address: Elm Street Park, on the corner of Elm Street and Cherry Street
When is it open? The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays from May 23 to Sept. 26.
COVID-19 Procedures: Sampling will be prohibited and non-essential items like crafts will not be sold. There will be one entrance and exit. People are asked to stay at least 6 feet apart and wear masks. Folks will be asked to wash their hands before and after leaving the market at the onsite washing station. If you or someone in your household has been sick the past 14 days, you are asked not to come to the market. Capacity will be monitored.
More information: www.feelthezeel.com