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It will operate with fewer vendors, but still offering fruits, vegetables, plants for the garden and more

The Scappoose Farmers Market will be back Saturday, May 1, to kick off the 2021 season.

As in past years, the market will host vendors offering fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, flowers, herbs, foods, and items made by local crafters.

The market will be open every Saturday through Sep. 25 on Southeast Second Street, south of Columbia Avenue.

The market delayed its start last year, opening up two months later than usual. That time allowed organizers to figure out how to navigate the pandemic and provide a safe, welcoming farmers market, with guidance from the Oregon Farmers Markets Association.

"Because we went through all of it, we know what we're doing," market manager Bill Blank said.

The market is sponsored by the Scappoose Community Club. The club started the annual market in the early 2000s.

"There will be the same COVID-19 guidelines in place such as social distancing, mandatory masking, hand sanitizer/hand washing requirements," Blank wrote in an announcement of the 2021 season.

Pre-pandemic, the market also offered live music. That won't be part of the schedule this year, in order to avoid groups congregating.

Visitors are encouraged to buy what they need and move on.

"As the curve is flattened, and the number of cases are reduced some activities may be relaxed. We are looking forward to the return to normalcy this fall as the larger population is vaccinated throughout the summer," Blank wrote.

The market will continue to operate at a reduced capacity with more space in between vendors.

For more information, visit scappoosefarmermarket.com.


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