Greater Lansing farmers markets open with new measures in place to protect patrons – Lansing State Journal

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Jane Bush, general manager of Grazing Fields, displays some of the co-op's pork products at the Allen Farmers Market in Lansing on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.(Photo: Matthew Miller/Lansing State Journal)

With Michigans stay-at-home order lifted, businesses across the state are opening to the public. This includes localfarmersmarkets.As these markets begin to host customersacross Greater Lansing,some rules have been implemented in order to keep both shoppers and sellerssafe.

Here is a list of local farmers markets that are opening, along withtheir individual plansto help prevent spread of COVID-19.

Thursdays July 20, August 20 and October 1, 9 a.m. 2 p.m., on the Capitol lawn, Lansing

Preventative measures: Compliance with all city, state and federal regulations regarding business operations in response to COVID-19. The Michigan Farmers Market Association will also incorporateCOVID-19 best practices and recommendationsincluding wider spacing between stalls and wider aisles to allow for social distancing, limiting products sold to only include food, personal hygiene productsand pet treats/food, requiring the use of disposable gloves for market staff that handle money, tokens or vouchers, limiting customer access to products, providing hand washing stations and hand sanitizer at entrances and throughout the market, providing regular sanitization for frequently touched surfaces, suspending sampling and nonessential events, communicating and reinforcing best practices for washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes and providing visible signage detailing CDC-recommended safety and behavior guidelines.

Thursdays 3 -7 p.m., beginning June 18 at 800 WestBarnes Avenue, Lansing

Preventative measures:Abiding by social distancing measures, requiring masks for all vendors, volunteers and visitors,limiting vendors' booths to one personat a time with chalk markings made for those waiting in line,providing hand washing and hand sanitizer stations, asking customers tolimit unnecessary contact with products. Events that result in congregation at the market will besuspendeduntil further notice.

Wednesdays2:30-7 p.m., at the corner of Fairview Avenue and East Michigan Avenue, Lansing

Preventativemeasures:Abiding by social distancing measures, requiring customers to wear masks and asking that they clean their mask and avoid touching it while at the market,limiting vendors' booths to one personat a time andasking customerslimit unnecessary touchingofproducts, toallow the vendor to bag items, to limit the size of shopping groups andto wash their hands at providedsinks.

Jennifer Knapp carries out a selection of goods purchased at the Allen Farmers Market on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Lansing. The market remains open during coronavirus restrictions.(Photo: Nick King/Lansing State Journal)

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. 6 p.m.,5408 West Grand River Avenue,Lansing

Preventativemeasures:Requiring customers and employees to wear masks, enforcing amaximum of three patrons at a timealongside social distancing measures, taking advantage ofregular sanitization measures with providedhand sanitizer,usingonly new packaging,stagingproductswith the customers name for curbside pick up and providing contactless loading oforders.

Sundays 10 a.m. 2 p.m., Valley Court Park,300 Valley Court, East Lansing

Preventative measures: Asking customers to stay home if they are feeling ill orif theyhave had contact with someone infected with COVID-19or traveled outside the state in the previous14 days,abiding by social distancing measures,requiring masksforallcustomers,asking customers tolimitgroupsizes to atwo-personmaximum,providing hand sanitizer for customers, vendors and staff,not permitting non-service animals,asking customers not to bringreusableshopping bagsandlimiting thenumber ofshoppersdirected through the marketsone entrance and exit.

Saturdays 8 a.m. 2 p.m. with Wednesday markets expected to be added in July, Meridian Mall,1982 West Grand River Avenue, Okemos

Preventative measures:Wider spacing between vendors boothsto support social distancing measures,requiring face masks for vendors, customers and staff, andasking customersnot to bring their own bag,to limitactivities to just shopping and to keepshopping groupsata maximum of two people.Certain vendorswill beallowing pre-orders for curbsidepickupnorth of the market.Pets will not be allowed at the market.

A woman and three children check out the plants and flowers available at the Meridian Farmers Market Saturday, May 16, 2020.(Photo: Robert Killips | Lansing State Journal)

Saturdays from 9 a.m. 1 p.m., Jaycee Park,525 EastRiver Street, Grand Ledge

Preventative measures: Abiding by social distancing measures, requiring face masks for vendors who are medically able to wear one,recommendingvendors use disposablegloves and limit customer access to products, providing hand sanitizer, discontinuing sampling andrestricting customers from eating food on-site, communicating best practices for handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes and providing visible signagelisting CDC recommended safety and behavior guidelines.

Saturdays from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. at2150 Cedar Street,Holt (Note: Friday mini markets are suspended until laternotice)

Preventative measures:Abiding by social distancing requirements,requiring face masks for allvendors, customers and employees,providing hand sanitizer throughout the shopping area, limiting shopping groups to four members, requiring children be accompanied by an adult,directing theflow of shoppers with one entrance, one exit and directional signage and limiting activity in the facility to shopping.

Chuck Grinnell, Manager of the Holt Farmers Market, says the market is now open on Saturdays from 9am-2pm. All customers and vendors must wear masks and any children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.(Photo: John Hayhoe)

Thursdays3-6 p.m (observing shortened hours during the month of June) at 136NorthBridge Street, Dimondale

Preventative measures: Abiding by social distancing measures and providing regular sanitization.Masks will be worn by employees and vendors and are encouraged for customers. Customers areencouraged to shop solo and to limitunnecessarycontact withproducts.Live music and other events will not be present.

Sundays 10 a.m. 2 p.m., McCormick Park,123 High Street, Williamston

Preventative measures: Abiding by social distancing measures, requiring the use of masksand gloves by customers, vendors and market staff,limiting vendors to those selling essential items,limiting the number of customers entering the marketthrough one entrance and exit, taking part in regular sanitization and screenings,limiting sale of hot food to take-out only, eliminating nonessential areas and activities, offering pre-ordersand pickup alternatives for customers andproviding visible signage on universal personal precautions recommended to prevent the spread and contraction of COVID-19.

Thursdays 3-7 p.m., James Couzens Memorial Park, 13751 Main Street, Bath

Preventative measures:Asking customers to stay home if they are feeling ill orif theyhave had contact with someone infected with COVID-19or traveled outside the state in the previous14 days, abiding by social distancing measures, encouraging customers who are medically able to tolerate a mask to wear a mask or face covering,limiting vendors' booths to one personat a time, providing hand sanitizer at each vendor's table, asking customers tolimit shopping groups to two members,not to bring their own shopping bags, to follow CDC hygiene guidelines including frequent handwashing, to keep market visits simple and shortand to try to avoid the need for making change by bringing small bills or paying with a credit card. Customers were also asked not to consume food at the market and to consider preordering by calling the market manager Tom Straka at 517-281-7402. The pick up lane is located along Main Street.

Saturdays beginning July 11, 9 a.m.1 p.m., Austin Park Pavilion,320 West Ash Street, Mason

Preventative Measures: Requiring the use of masks and providing visible signage to help guidesocial distancing.

Postponed until early July, normally found at 414 East Main Street, Dewitt

Email us at events@lsj.com to have your community's market included in this list.

Contact news assistantKyle Davidson at 248-930-5273 or kdavidson@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @jrndavidson.

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