Drive-through service and moving vendors farther apart are strategies to keep selling food

KOIN 6 NEWS - The Beaverton Farmers MArket on Saturday.Farmers Markets in the Portland area are vowing to stay open during COVID-19 pandemic.

The markets at Portland State University and in the Hillsdale and Hollywwood neighborhoods were open on Saturday, March 21, after moving vendor booths father apart to help comply with social distancing guidelines.

And the Beaverton Farmer's Market remained open Saturday with a brand new twist to achieve the same goal: it's now a drive-thru market.

Vendors held business as usual, with tents lined up across the street from the Beaverton Library at Southwest 5th Avenue near Southwest Hall Boulevard, in a big parking lot. Its location made the drive-thru option not only easy, but also safer for community members who still wanted to get outside and support local farmers and artisans.

"And a lot of the vendors will take pre-orders, so it makes it really easy," said Ginger Rappaport. "You literally just pull up in your car and they can load your box of honey, or your box of meat, or whatever it is that you've ordered, and it makes it really quick and fast."

The Beaverton Farmers Market plans to be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. You can find their story with video here.

Reporter Jim Redden contributed to this story.

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