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Garden Market: Only 1 family member attending is preferred

Opening May 9, it will reduced to 10 farmers and 10 producers

Series: Coronavirus | Story 119

Last updated 4/21/2020 at 4:38pm

Brian Soergel

Pictured: The Edmonds Garden Market in 2019.

Here's som new information added April 21 on the Edmonds Garden Market, which opens Saturday, May 9.

Every year, the Edmonds Historical Museum and the City of Edmonds put on two farmers markets: the smaller Garden Market and the larger Summer Market.

The Beacon published a story recently that confirmed that the Garden Market, scheduled to open May 2, will open a week later, on May 9.

As we mentioned, it won't look the same. In fact, it will be smaller.

"The Garden Market will feature all returning vendors who have been part of the market in years past," said Edmonds farmers market manager Christina Martin. "We are currently in the process of making sure all the vendors selected understand the new guidelines that they will have to follow, and hope to have confirmation from all by the beginning of next week."

Some readers have noted their reluctance to attend an event during this time of the coronavirus.

But the City, in a news release, reports that the Garden Market will adhere to the health and safety requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Snohomish County Health District, and the City of Edmonds.

Farmers markets are deemed an essential service and are permitted to operate by Gov. Jay Inslee's order, with strict operating guidelines.

Per the governor's Stay Home, Stay Safe order, the market will feature only food provided by farmers and processors.

"We look forward to this market opening back up, limited as it is, as a small step in the right direction, a testament to the resiliency of our community," said Mayor Mike Nelson said.

"Operating this market in a safe way demonstrates we can get back to familiar rituals that are so important to restoring our community's mental health as well."

New market operations

At the direction of the Snohomish County Health District, the market must adhere to firm safety guidelines.

·The market will set up on Fifth Avenue North between Bell and Main streets.

·The market will include 10 farmers and 10 producers. According to Martin: "A farmer is defined as a vendor who sells only what he or she grows. We do not allow, and never have allowed, resellers in the market. A producer is a vendor who makes what the edible item that they make. Examples of producers are the Snohomish Bakery, Deborah's Homemade Pies, and such. Some farmers, or what one might consider ranchers, are also producers, since they have to "process" their meat in a USDA-certified processing center."

·A controlled entrance near Centennial Plaza and controlled exit near the fountain is set up to limit the number of shoppers who enter the market. Customers are asked to wear masks.

·Customers will line up to enter the market, spaced six feet apart.

·Once inside, the market will be one-way walking only. We ask that only one family member attend the market to prevent confusion about social distancing orders.

·As always, no dogs are allowed.

·Vendor booths will be separated by at least 10 feet. Customers will not be able to touch the produce. The vendor will bag up the items. Electronic payments are preferred and include Venmo, Apply Pay, or credit card. Prepay options are also being explored. Eventually, organizers hope to have pick-up outside the market.

·The market will provide hand-washing stations at the entrance and exit, and market staff will regularly sanitize common areas.

The University District Market and the Ballard Market just opened this past weekend, observing similar parameters.

"While certainly the market will feel different," commented Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services director Angie Feser, "we believe outdoor shopping for produce, following appropriate guidelines, can be a safe and enjoyable experience on a nice day. Plus, it will bring back a beloved element of the Edmonds springtime experience."


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