Will function with drive-thru format
The Midland Space Farmers Market has made some operational changes so it could possibly open the season as deliberate on Saturday, Might 2.
The Market will function as a one-way drive-thru with some distributors providing pre-pay preorders. It’s a part of a plan that has market distributors and employees emphasizing additional security precautions, together with following social distancing pointers, to make sure the protection of everybody concerned, mentioned Midland Enterprise Alliance officers.
“We’re excited to have discovered a approach to open the Farmers Market on-time for the neighborhood,” mentioned Emily Lyons, Midland Space Farmers Market supervisor.
The promoting of meals and private care objects at farmers markets is deemed essential infrastructure beneath Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s present govt order. Even when the order is prolonged into Might, it’s authorized for the Midland Space Farmers Market to open on Saturday, Might 2, as a result of it meets the state’s essential infrastructure commonplace, Lyons famous.
Patrons are requested to stay of their autos throughout this drive-thru solely market. Motorists will enter and exit on the intersection of McDonald and Ann Streets. Visitors will run one-way, single file solely.
“Please have persistence with us as we do this new format,” she mentioned. “It was crucial for us to discover a approach to be open whereas conserving each our distributors and prospects secure.”
Greater than 30 distributors are already dedicated to approaching opening day. This consists of distributors who promote fruits, greens and private care objects. Meals vans may also be readily available. Lengthy a extremely fashionable neighborhood vacation spot for Midland residents and others, the Midland Space Farmers Market helps each “our native farmers and the neighborhood as one of many few locations that accepts forex from help packages similar to Double Up Meals Bucks Michigan and “SNAP/BET,” Lyons mentioned.
The MBA continues to induce residents to stand up and help its hard-hit native enterprise neighborhood.
“In these troublesome instances it’s extra vital than ever to help our native farmers and meals distributors,” Lyons mentioned. “The Midland Space Farmers Market is a major neighborhood asset that serves all earnings ranges and levels of life, so discovering a approach to be open was mandatory.”
The 2020 season begins Saturday, Might 2, and can function each Wednesday and Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. till Oct. 31. The market will conclude the season with three Saturday solely dates: Nov. 7, 14, 21, when it is going to be open from 9 a.m. to midday. The drive-thru format will probably be in place till additional discover.
As well as, the Auburn Farmers Market will probably be open once more for its third season on Tuesday, June 2.