Opening day of the 2020 Outdoor Main Street Monroe Farmers Market occurred this past Saturday, May 16th. The Market which usually starts the beginning of May was delayed due to COVID-19 Pandemic. Organizers had to find a new location due to issues obtaining a city permit. The Main Street Monroe Farmers Market ended up in the Monroe Arts Center parking lot, a few blocks from its normal location on the Historic Square.
In answering a question about the change of location, representatives for the market explained “the city of monroe [sic] is not currently accepting any special event permits. We would have had to close down a street which isn’t the case in a private parking lot.”
Beyond the change of location and starting a few weeks late, the outdoor market had other precautions in place including:
- One-way traffic thru the market
- Requiring masks for all vendors and shoppers
- Handwashing station and hand sanitizer available
- Physical distancing markings on the ground to encourage proper distance between shoppers
- Limited to only food related vendors
- Sharing vendor item lists prior to the market to encourage early orders
In addition to the precautions put in place by Main Street Monroe, some vendors had contactless boxes for collecting money from shoppers.
Marketgoers were greeted by familiar vendors featuring a variety of items. As with any early season outdoor market, produce was limited. Vendors had a wide variety of plant starters, jams, honey, baked goods, and beef. Rumor has it there may have been asparagus and rhubarb available; however, this was not confirmed.
- Here and There Farm – Plants and Canned Goods
- Rise and Shine Farm – Homemade James and Pickles
- Fields of Promise
- Hartwig Harvest – Popcorn, Frozen Berries, Blanched Green Beans
- Holmstrom Honey – Honey, Jam, and Maple Syrup
- Cool Cow Corner Farm – Beef
- Kingfisher Farm – Plants and Spinach
- Karen Kulas Bakery
- John Ebersol
- Chucks Culture Cumulus
If you want to check out the Main Street Monroe Farmers Market, for the foreseeable future, it will be held Saturdays 8am – 1pm in the Monroe Arts Center parking lot. Check out the Main Street Monroe Farmers Market Facebook page for up to date information, as Main Street Monroe Farmers Market website has not been updated based on the changes for 2020.