Hoodland Farmers Market modified to ensure safety
While many businesses have been closed during the COVID-19 crisis, efforts like local farmers markets have been deemed essential. That's why the Mount Hood-based Hoodland Farmers Market will open, just in a modified format.
Starting Sunday, June 7, the Hoodland market will open from noon to 2 p.m. for preorder pickup only in the Rendezvous Plaza in Welches.
"Obviously due to the pandemic, we've modified the format of the market," market manager Lauren Carusona said. "There won't be any browsing or socializing. We're providing a quick, streamlined and safe way for people to get food and local goods."
Customers will be provided contact information for every vendor and asked to contact them directly to place their weekly orders.
So far, there are about a half-dozen vendors interested in selling their wares, offering items like produce, meat, eggs, essential oils, canned goods, handmade jewelry and more.
Carusona said she and the organizers are considering providing $10 produce grab bags for those who might walk up to the market. However, people are meant to preorder.
"We want people to have access to real fresh food as well as local products," Carusona said. "We also want to support the small businesses. We think it's important to support the local economy. Dollars spent at the market are kept in the community. Now, more than ever, it's important to stay connected to the local community and economy."
This is the market's third season in Welches and though the volunteers wish they could open normally, for now they'll be promoting social distancing during pickup and encouraging volunteers and customers to wear masks. There also will be a handwashing station and sanitizer provided at the pickup location.
"We're excited," Carusona said. "It's a bummer we had to modify, (but) we're just going with the flow. People really do look forward to the market every year for the community aspect — that's just not an option right now. But, the social part will come back.
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