Farmers market opens outdoors with masked vendors, precautions
Though the Mount Hood Farmers Market has been offering online ordering and no-contact pick-up for items for weeks, the outdoor market finally opened to shoppers Friday, June 5. With concerns abo,ut COVID-19 still very real, the AntFarm staff who manage the market, had safety forefront in their minds when laying out the space this year.
All vendors wear masks and customers are encouraged to as well. Customers are also only allowed to browse items with their eyes and not their hands so as to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
"After so much planning and adjusting to COVID it was all worth it," said market manager Carolanne Platt. "I want to thank everyone from the customers to our vendors who came to support the Friday farmers market. It was wonderful to see everyone coming together while also following our community safety protocols. We had an extremely successful opening day with tons of positive energy."
More than a dozen vendors came out Friday, selling everything from farm-fresh veggies and eggs to locally brewed kombucha, handmade knives and soaps and more.
The market will be open every Friday from 3-7 p.m. throughout the season.
"Our market mission is to support our local farmers, makers, artists and to provide our community with quality goods," Platt added.
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