Garden Market: Only 1 family member attending is preferred
Those attending are asked to wear face masks
Last updated 5/11/2020 at 11:02am
The annual Edmonds Garden Market, which opens Saturday, May 9, will look noticeably different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Every year, the Edmonds Historical Museum and the City of Edmonds create two farmers markets: the smaller Garden Market and the larger Summer Market.
The City of Edmonds, in a news release, reports that the Garden Market will adhere to its own health and safety requirements, as well as those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Snohomish County Health District.
Farmers markets are deemed essential services and are permitted to operate by Gov. Jay Inslee's order, with strict operating guidelines.
So what will the farmers market look like?
Per the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order, the market will feature only food provided by farmers and processors.
So, you may be asking, what does that mean for you?
Simply, that there will be changes that shoppers will be asked to abide by, and behind the scenes, vendors are adapting their market booths to keep the public safe, said Christina Martin, manager of both the Garden and Summer markets.
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.
– 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 6 feet apart.
– Once inside, the market will be one-way walking only. The City asks 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.
– The market will provide hand-washing stations at the entrance and exit, and market staff will regularly sanitize common areas.
"While waiting to enter, there will be information posted on COVID-19 symptoms and how to stay safe," Martin said. "We are highly recommending all customers wear masks for both their protection and the safety of our vendors and other shoppers."
Inside the market, volunteers will be keeping a constant count of customers shopping.
By directive from the Snohomish Health District, only two customers will be allowed in for every vendor selling.
Only one shopper can be at the tent at a time. Shoppers should have their lists ready, so they can step up, request their items, have them bagged, pay, pick up, and move on.
"Our volunteer staff will be monitoring the entrance and exit to allow shoppers to enter whenever someone exits," Martin said. "Because of this restriction, we ask, if possible, that only one person per household enter the market to shop. We understand this may not be possible, and will absolutely make allowances for single parents or if other circumstances arise."
Before the vendors set up, each one will be screened for possible exposure to COVID-19. Any vendor suspected of exposure will be sent home immediately, Martin said.
The market will provide a hand-washing station at the entrance and exit of the market, and volunteers will be walking through the market throughout the day, regularly wiping down common contact areas with sanitizing wipes. Also, many vendors will have sanitizer available at their booth.
"While certainly the market will feel different," said 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."
Who's coming to the market?
The new market design, developed with the assistance of the Snohomish Health District and City officials, limits the vendor count to just 20 for now, but the hope to be able to expand as more vegetables and fruits ripen.
The new guidelines will only allow about 40 shoppers in the market at a time. At the entrance of the market, shoppers can look at a map to before they enter so they can best plan their shopping routes.
Here is a list of who is expected on Opening Day, and if available, a contact method for pre-ordering:
Alvarez Organic Farm: Certified organic vegetables from the Alvarez Farm in Mabton in Yakima County. To pre-order, email [email protected]
Frog Song Farm: Row crop vegetables grown at Nate's Farm in Mount Vernon.
Martin Family Orchard: Conventionally grown orchard fruit and frozen ciders from Orondo in Douglas County.
Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards: Grown in Lynden, to order, go to http://www.holmquisthazelnuts.com.
Sky Valley Family Farm, LLC: Pork, chicken, and eggs from Startup on Highway 2. Preorder through http://www.skyvalleyfamilyfarm.com.
Teng Garden: Premade bouquets and some veggies, grown in Snohomish.
Neng Garden: Premade bouquets; to preorder, send a message to http://www.facebook.com/Neng-Garden-184980301547669.
The Old Farmer: Premade bouquets; to preorder, send a message to http://www.facebook.com/oldfarmer99.
Pa Garden: Premade bouquets from their farm in Snohomish.
Finn River Farm & Cidery: From their orchard in Chimacum. To order, email [email protected]
Lopez Island Vineyards: From their farm. To preorder, shop http://www.lopezvineyards.com/shop
Wilson Fish: Fresh and smoked salmon, halibut and more. Caught off the Washington coast. To order, sand a message to http://www.facebook.com/Wilson-Fish-Markets-142645242418035.
Shen Zen Tea: Bottled kombucha locally brewed.
Pete's Perfect Toffee: Toffee and fudge. To preorder, go to https://petestoffee.square.site.
La Pasta: Handmade fresh pasta.
Pop's Kettle Corn: Packaged kettle corn. To preorder, visit https://nwpkc.com.
Patty Pan Cooperative: Frozen tamales, chocolates. To preorder, visit https://patty-pan-coop.square.site.
Bubba's Salsa: Freshly made salsas and chips.
Snohomish Bakery: Freshly baked goods. Email to preorder: [email protected]