If you've been hankering to pick up your favorite goods from the farmers' market during the pandemic, you don't have to wait much longer.
The Tower Grove Farmers' Market announced that it will reopen for its regular Saturday market in Tower Grove Park on Sat., May 9. The Boulevard Farmers' Market will follow on Sun., May 17, and the Tower Grove Farmers' Market will reopen on Tuesday evenings beginning May 19.
The May 9 market will feature just 15 produce farmers in order to help both vendors and customers to adjust to the market's new normal. Customers will be required to maintain a six-foot distance from one another; chalked lines will provide guidance when waiting in line to shop with vendors. All shoppers will be required to wear face coverings and will not be allowed to touch food until they have purchased it. All vendors will also be wearing face coverings and gloves.
“The safety of our customers and our vendors is our absolute first priority, and we’re grateful to have Tower Grove Park as a partner helping us navigate this new landscape,” Patrick Horine, co-founder of the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, said in the release. “Our gradual, week-by-week approach to adding vendors will help all of us as we begin shopping in this new way.”
All season-long vendors, including those who sell produce, cheese, baked goods, drinks and more, will return to the market May 16. The following week, on May 23, occasional food vendors and plant vendors will also be allowed to return.
The Boulevard Farmers' Market will also adapt to the times with similar distancing rules in place. The market will also only open on one side of the street to allow for easier distancing.
“We know this is a different way for people to experience the market, and we are so thankful for the community’s support as we open for the season,” Horine said. “We’ve never lived through anything like this, but it’s our hope that going to a farmers’ market can provide a sense of normalcy, camaraderie, and optimism.”
The market will also continue to offer its delivery boxes, which often sell out quickly, on its website in partnership with Eat Here St. Louis.
Tower Grove Farmers' Market,tgfarmersmarket.com