Farmers Market to open June 4 with coronavirus distancing guidelines

Vendors and patrons of Luverne’s Farmers Market will meet for their weekly produce and home goods sales this year, but they’ll follow a long list of social distancing guidelines.

In a message to vendors, local market organizers shared details.

“The health and safety of our vendors, customers and staff is the market's top concern,” they wrote.

“Luverne Farmers Market will act as a food store. Customers are encouraged to get in, get the goodies and go home. Be sure to briefly share thumbs up and a greeting as you shop, but please keep moving so the market doesn't become too crowded.”

Shoppers are asked to enter the market on the east or south side of the street and vendor booths will be spaced further apart with modified displays to meet social distancing guidelines.

Pre-orders for market products are available by contacting vendors who will deliver to vehicles after 5 p.m. Check Luverne Farmers Market Facebook page or for vendor information.

Credit cards, debit cards and SNAP/EBT cards are accepted at market and available for use by all vendors. Cash and checks are always accepted. Tap and pay options will be available.

In addition to staying home if they are sick, vendors and customers should follow the 2020 Market Safety Protocol:

•We encourage and request that everyone (shoppers, vendors and visitors) wear masks and face shields for protection.

•Hand washing stations and hand sanitizer are available as you enter and exit the market.

•Adults should shop the market from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

•Adults and children are invited from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

•PoP Club and the BackPack Program will provide programming and tokens for children registered from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

•Shoppers are encouraged to let the vendors handle all the products and keep hands off.

•All ready-to-eat food items will be packaged “to-go.” No on-site food consumption will be allowed, due to food safety guidelines.

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