Moreland Farmers Market readies for May 20 opening
By being considered to be an "essential service", the Moreland Farmers Market will open for their 2020 season on May 20 – and, to its good fortune, still at its recent location, across from Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home on S.E. 14th Avenue, just north of Bybee Boulevard.
"We'll still be opening as usual at 2 p.m., but we're closing an hour earlier, at 6 p.m., for the time being," explained the Market Manager, Lannie Kali, as she visited the site in late April.
New this year is a "pre-ordering system", Kali told THE BEE. "With this system, shoppers can order [in advance] online. They'll sign on to our website, look at what vegetables, fruits, and foods are available on market day, and order them and pay online. Then, they just pull up to the Market [when it's open on Wednesdays] and receive their order, at curbside.
"We're expecting robust markets this year, because we're expecting to have more produce than what can be found in most grocery stores, all of it grown by local farmers," Kali commented.
However, past customers will find modifications made to the Moreland Market's layout, intended to accommodate "social distancing" for those who do visit in person. And shoppers are expected to maintain safe distances from each other, as they "shop with their eyes", with limited touching of the produce.
"But, the truth is, a farmers market is the safest way to shop for fresh foods; it's likely your farmers are the only ones who've touched the products!" Kali said. "Although the world is different now, our farmers have been preparing for the season; and, due to good weather and the rain, they expect huge bounties of fresh food which they are excited to bring to our community."
For information on the market, to sign up for their e-mailed newsletter, or to order your produce once they open, go online – www.morelandfarmersmarket.org
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