The Minneapolis Farmers Market expected to open for daily operations for the first time in 2021 on Saturday with about half of its vendors ready for business along East Lyndale Ave N.
The market is once again operating under COVID-19 guidelines that vendors and shoppers were met with last year.
"We are still requiring our vendors and customers to wear masks regardless of vaccination status," said Mao Lee, the Minneapolis Farmers Market Manager. "That's because there are times when we will get crowded and here. Although there are outdoor settings where you can be mask-less, we are still requesting masks due to crowding in the walkways."
To start, most of the vendors will be offering plants, flowers, and similar items outside of produce.
"We'll have a couple of produce resellers, who are licensed to purchase produce and resell it," Lee said. "We'll also have food vendors and coffee vendors to start as well."
Lee said the 2020 Minneapolis Farmers Market was an opportunity for staff, vendors, and guests to learn what a farmers market during the COVID-19 pandemic could look like.
"I learned that you need to adapt and change as you go," Lee said. "If you're willing to make the changes, wear the mask, and do what's required of us as essential businesses then you should be successful."
The Minneapolis Farmers Markets runs daily from 6 a.m until 1 p.m.
Guests are asked to bring a reusable shopping bag and package your own goods, bring smaller bills and offer vendors exact change, and stay home if they feel sick.