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A fresh look

Farmers market ready to open this weekend, featuring several guidelines

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MARSHALL — Weekly trips to the farmers market will soon become a reality again, as the Marshall Farmers market opens this Saturday on the backside of the YMCA facility in the parking lot between the Y and Schwan’s.

The Farmers Market, which will be open from 7:30 a.m.-noon, will operate each Saturday morning from July 11-Oct. 31.

Visitors can expect a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, crafts, breads as well as other homemade goods, but there will be multiple protocols for shoppers to follow.

Patrons are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear a face mask if they are able. They will be asked to avoid gathering in groups outside of their household and shouldn’t handle any items unless they are purchasing them. Bags should be machine washed between each shopping trip and if you are not feeling well, please stay home.

Debit and credit cards will not be accepted at the information booth, but more vendors are getting the ability to accept cards at their booths.

Other changes to this year’s market will include not having the kids Power of Produce (PoP) token program. There will also be a new handwashing station for visitors to utilize.

In addition to the food, there will be live music performances each week, beginning on July 18 with country singer/songwriter Charlie Roth. Performances are scheduled for 9-11 a.m. and visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to watch.

Volunteer positions for the market are still available, which include helping set up and tear down as well as working the information booth. For more information or if you wish to sign up, contact Kim Guenther at market@marshallareaymca.org.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, contact John Blake at bjc4wd@hotmail.com, and for any future information relating to the market, visit the market’s Facebook page @MarshallFarmersMarket or their website at www.marshallfarmersmarket.org.

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