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Hamilton Farmers Market starts with restrictions

Posted at 6:24 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 00:33:05-04

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Farmers Market Cooperative kicked off on Saturday.

But there was only one third of the normal vendors, and people say it does feel a little different this year.

Las Mas Fina owner Fabian Davila has been coming to the market for 20 years.

"The atmosphere's a little different, you know. People are kinda staying away," said Davila

He said it is usually much more crowded, but with the restriction and everything else going on they need to obey them.

Organizers told MTN News that Saturday's market is a soft opening, with only food vendors, food trucks, and farmers.

"It's an absolutely gorgeous day, so we are being received well. And I'm noticing people are taking precautions," market manager Terri Frost said.

Vendors and visitors wear masks, and signs remind people to keep their distance.

There's no live music yet or seating yet, but there are new addition-hand sanitizing stations.

Still, COVID won't keep people from getting out.

Mark Erickson said it was worth the trip from Missoula, to see his daughter and grandkids, and stroll the streets.

"I don't know if worried, but we try to be careful, and do what we're supposed to. We still enjoy it quite a bit."

Organizers said there are usually 120 vendors, but with the restrictions only 40 were allowed this weekend.