The Downtown Yakima Farmers Market (DYFM) is open every Sunday through October 11th!
The two-week delay provides time to address state mandated COVID-19 safety measures. Downtown Association of Yakima (DAY) Executive Director, Andrew Holt says, “…We are trying to balance the need for economic vitality with our responsibility to guarantee the safety of our community members, volunteers, and vendors.”
The Governor’s restriction on public gatherings does not include farmers’ markets as they are considered essential businesses in the same category as a grocery store. However, in essence, they are still a public gathering and thus, many safety measures must be installed and managed.
Yvette Lippert, Market Manager reaffirmed Holt’s comments.
Initially there will be fewer vendors – only those considered essential.
The Farmers Market plays a vital role in the community. The Downtown Association Yakima is fully committed to providing a market, as long as it is safe for everyone involved. To guarantee that, there will be many measures taken, such as the market will have a designated entrance and exit, movement through the market will be only one-way, established social distancing will be enforced along with no sampling or touching of products, shoppers will be asked to limit their time at the market, mandated handwashing
stations will be in place, and so on. This will require more financial investment and volunteers.
Now, more than ever, farmers markets are essential. Markets
like this offer healthy foods to communities in a fresh air setting while ensuring public safety as a first priority.
There is still room for additional vendors. Send application to firstname.lastname@example.org
To become a sponsor or a volunteer at DYFM, contact either Lippert or Holt (contact information below).
For updates on the market:
Instagram and Facebook pages @DowntownYakimaFarmersMarket.
Downtown Yakima Farmers’ Market Manager
Downtown Association of Yakima