Here’s how Northern Colorado farmers markets plan to open during coronavirus
Fort Collins Coloradoan
With temperatures on the rise and summer peeking around the corner, Northern Colorado farmers markets are gearing up for a season like no other.
Despite coronavirus pumping the brakes on many summer traditions, most of Northern Colorado’s farmers markets will go on as scheduled with strict regulations in place.
One area farmers market — Sunday Market on Main Street at Timnath’s Colorado Feed & Grain — has been canceled, but will resume in 2021.
Of those that remain, many organizers are encouraging shoppers to treat the seasonal markets like a trip to the grocery story. Get in, get out, get home.
Here a rundown of Northern Colorado farmers markets and what they’re doing this year.
Farmers Market at Fairgrounds Park
Where: Fairgrounds Park, 700 S. Railroad Ave., Loveland
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays from June 7 through September
This year’s Farmers Market at Fairgrounds Park will feature fewer vendors with more of a focus on food and produce. Booths will be spaced out and the market will be set up to allow for wider aisle spaces. Like many things in the age of coronavirus, the market is also heading online. The city is currently working to open up an online market component, which will allow shoppers to preorder items and pick them up curbside. That feature will hopefully be working by the market’s June 7 opening, City of Loveland Recreation Coordinator Kerry Helke said. To keep up on that feature, visit cityofloveland.org/farmersmarket.
Shoppers can use market maps to better navigate the vendor booths. One-way traffic will be set up with only one entry and exit point. Face masks and social distancing will be required and two hand washing stations — as well as hand sanitizer at various booths — will be available. Vendors are being asked to only have two workers at each booth. They are also encouraged to accept credit cards to cut down on cash changing hands. The market will still be offering its SNAP and Double Up vouchers program. Live music has been canceled and picnic tables will not be available for in-park eating. All ready-to-eat foods will be prepackaged so they can be taken to-go.
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Fort Collins Farmers’ Market
Where: Outside of Ace Hardware, 1001 E. Harmony Road
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays starting May 24 and Wednesdays starting June 17
Fort Collins Farmers’ Market will include signage throughout encouraging brief shopping, frequent hand sanitizing and social distancing. Shoppers older than age 2 will be asked to wear masks and sick shoppers should stay home. Curbside pickup for elderly and health-compromised customers is being considered. No dogs will be allowed at the market this year. Vendors and market clerks will be wearing masks and will either wear gloves or wash their hands between transactions. There will be hand sanitizer at each vendor booth for customer use. Aisles between booths will be expanded to 16 feet, allowing for social distancing and better traffic flow. Foods will no longer be eaten on site and all ready-to-eat foods will need to be taken to-go. There will also be modifications to credit card and cash sales.
Fort Collins Farmers’ Market on Drake
Where: 802 W. Drake Road
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays starting June 20
Formerly known as the Drake Road Farmers Market, this weekly market has been taken over by the Fort Collins Farmers’ Market. Its market day and location will remain the same. It will honor the same rule and regulation changes as Fort Collins Farmers’ Market.
Larimer County Farmers’ Market
Where: Larimer County Courthouse parking lot, 200 W. Oak St.
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from May 23 through Oct. 31
Larimer County Farmers’ Market will look a lot different this season as shoppers are being asked to come prepared — and solo — to the market to cut down on foot traffic and shopping times. Signage will direct shoppers into, through and out of the market. To better plan your trip ahead of time, check out its online market map. Masks, gloves and physical distancing are encouraged. Do not attend the market if you are sick or in a high-risk group. Market Bucks will not be sold this year as a way to cut back on money handling. Instead, exact change or credit cards are encouraged for transactions. Customers will still be able to use EBT cards to receive their SNAP or Double Up vouchers, which can be found at a market table near the courthouse entrance. Shoppers are asked to get in and get out as quickly as possible — foregoing picnics on the market’s grassy areas this year. When purchasing an item, shoppers will also be asked to let their vendor hand it to them instead of handling it themselves.
Windsor Farmers Market
Where: Boardwalk Park, 110 Fifth St., Windsor
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from June 20 through Sept. 12
The Windsor Farmers Market will continue in downtown Windsor with new rules and regulations that have yet to be determined, according to the town’s Parks, Recreation and Culture department. The rules will follow social distancing guidelines and recommendations from the Weld County Department of Health and Environment as well as the Colorado Farmers Market Association.
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