Next farmers market July 25

20200711_111314 (1)The next Southeast Area Farmers Market will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday July 25 at MLK Jr. Park. Along with our neighborhood vendors, Groundswell Community Farm will again join the market with a truckload of fresh, local, produce sustainably and fairly grown in Zeeland.

According to the Michigan Farmers Market Association, farming and food production are not stopping during this pandemic! Michigan farmers continue to grow and produce a wide variety of food and farm products. Follow their easy tips as you support your farmers markets this season.

Be prepared and be patient! When you’re getting ready to go to the market, make sure you bring your face mask, shopping list, and an insulated tote bag. Plan ahead for longer lines and maybe some waiting. Use the time to look up new seasonal recipes!

20200711_110329Enjoy your personalized shopping experience! Share the items on your list with your vendor and they’ll grab it for you to minimize risk of contamination. All the tables in front of you will be clean and clear so they can easily be sanitized.

When it’s time to pay, ask your vendor about low touch or touchless payment options! They say cash is king, but this summer, card is preferred.

20200711_111722Finally, stay informed! Some markets have created drive-thru or traffic flow instructions, so keep an eye out for signs, maps and chalk arrows. Others have started online marketplaces for even easier shopping.

Now that you’re ready to shop, find a farmers market near youMarkets are adapting quickly to an ever-changing landscape, so be sure to contact your market directly or follow them on social for the most up to date details on their hours and operations.

These tips are presented by the Michigan Farmers Market Association and Taste the Local Difference.