Fresh produce at the farmer’s markets is a sure sign the summer season has arrived. While things will look a little different this year, the Town is working hard to keep the summer spirit alive as much as possible. With that in mind, the Farmer’s Market at Festival Park will open Sunday, June 14. 

The Farmer’s Market at Festival Park, hosted by the Local Colorado, will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday through September. Social distancing requirements will be in place, and market goers can expect a more “shop with your eyes” approach.

Booths will be spread out to a minimum of six-feet apart, and samples will not be offered for the time being. Touchless payments will be encouraged and a sanitation schedule will be strictly enforced. Additionally, traffic will be one-way throughout the market. Customers will be asked to follow the chalk lines on the ground. It’s important to note, these practices could change throughout the season as additional guidelines are released by local health authorities. 

Farmer’s markets are considered an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a few extra precautions, residents are encouraged to come support the community, local vendors and small businesses from the area. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a little bit of the summer season during these challenging times.

“We all want to enjoy the summer season,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Brauer. “The Farmer’s Market at Festival Park will be a great way for residents to get outside, enjoy the warm weather and support the local community.”

New this year, the farmer’s market will also be virtual. In addition to the physical market, online shoppers will have the opportunity to shop the market, Monday through Thursday, via the market’s website – thelocalcolorado.com. Once their order is processed, online shoppers will receive a pickup time. On the day of the market, staff will organize and complete the order. Shoppers should then drive to the window along Second Street to pick up their order without leaving their car.

More information is available at CRgov.com/FarmersMarket.