KALISPELL — The Kalispell Farmers market will open on Saturday, May 2 at Flathead Valley Community College under strict safety measures due to coronavirus concerns.
Event organizers say social distancing measures will be in place including certain sanitation requirements. Vendors will not be allowed to use tablecloths so they can sanitize surfaces at least once every hour.
Raven Ridge Farm owner and farmers market board member Cassady Daley said some vendors are using online orders to make transactions safer at the market.
“So that if you’re a customer and you want to come to market and not have to wait in line and be there very long, you can just come in and pick up your items,” said Daley.
Daley said board members have been planning on how to open the market in the safest way possible for both vendors and customers for the last month-and-a-half. She said Raven Ridge Farm is excited to share their fresh produce with community residents.
“I’m really excited to be able to see people again, we’re not going to have long conversations, we’re trying to get people to move through, but just being able to provide a service that people are happy about, and will be kind of like a health promoting thing,” said Daley.
Market hours will remain the same as years past from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.