Beginning Saturday, you must wear a face mask to be able to enter the Farmers Market. If you don't have one, you can get a disposable one free of charge at either entrance.
The market has encouraged the wearing of masks since opening May 16. But the practice has become more urgent as the number of coronavirus cases has begun to grow.
The market has been directed by the city to be in accordance with the most recent executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. That order, issued Friday, July 10, said that all Michiganders must wear masks in public indoor and crowded outdoor spaces or face a misdemeanor charge that comes with up to a $500 fine.
To obtain a free mask, just ask any volunteer; they're the folks wearing black aprons and name tags.
Back to the 9 a.m. start time
Also this Saturday, we will return to our regular 9 a.m. start time. We moved it up an hour last week, and after talking to vendors decided it might be something we'll try again in the future. But for now we'll be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Just remember: All of our farmers and many of our vendors are ready for shoppers by 8 a.m.
A reminder: Dogs are not yet allowed in the market
Even though we have relaxed a few of the regulations we introduced in May as stipulated by the state and the Michigan Farmers Market Association, most have stayed in place so we can keep the market a safe place for everyone. That means dogs are not allowed.
Why? Dogs make us very social. They tend to draw a crowd of admirers, and crowds are not a good idea during a pandemic. One exception: Service dogs are welcome, as long as their owners have the correct paperwork. Otherwise, please leave your pets at home. Thank you.
For a pictoral view of the market this year, go to the COVID-19 menu item and select 2020 Photo Stories.