STOW - Farmers Markets in Stow and Munroe Falls will open in June.
Volunteer market manager Gary Aleman said the Stow Community Farmers Market at Stow Community United Church of Christ, 1567 Pilgrim Drive, will open June 6 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and celebrate its 10th year in Stow.
"We’re excited to offer a safe community event," Aleman said. "With so many other things being canceled in the area, people are looking for healthy things to do. They’re looking to be part of something but safely."
The Stow market had planned to have food and music to celebrate its 10th anniversary but they can’t do that now, Aleman said. People have to shop and move on.
Like grocery stores, farmers’ markets are considered essential businesses and they will have pandemic protocols.
The number of shoppers will be limited to 50, he said. People will have to wash their hands before coming into the outdoor market and will be encouraged to wear masks. The vendors will be spaced 6 to 8 feet apart. Social distancing will be encouraged.
"We’ll have about 20 vendors to start with and will add as we get into the growing season," Aleman said.
Vendors will offer lots of flowers and starter plants like tomato and pepper plants that people can plant in their own garden or patio planters, Aleman said. Maple syrup, honey, baked goods and some prepared food will be available. The market will offer SNAP (food stamp card) benefits too.
More information can be found on Facebook@stowcommunityfarmersmarket.com.
The Munroe Falls Farmers Market will open June 16 but at a new location.
The Farmers Market, which in the past has been located at Brust Park on Darrow Road, will be opening every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Guise Park next to City Hall at 43 Munroe Falls Ave., said market manager Chris Santee.
Santee said she needed permission from Summit County Metro Parks to use Brust Park and couldn’t meet with them until June because their offices are closed so she moved the market to Guise Park which will allow a drive-through for those who don’t want to exit their cars.
Shoppers can choose to walk or drive through the market, using the single lane drive for one-way traffic that enters from Munroe Falls Avenue and exits to Guise Drive, she said. Vendors will be positioned along the driveway to sell their goods.
At least eight vendors are committed to doing business so far, but Santee said she is getting more calls because other cities are closing their markets.
Some of the items will be strawberries, seasonal produce, jams, jellies, desserts, soaps and crafts.
In accordance with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Amended Director’s Stay at Home Order signed on April 2, farmers markets are an essential business and must adhere to the provisions concerning social distancing, the availability of hand sanitizer and clean surfaces.
For more information, contact Santee at 330-554-2491.
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