YAKIMA, Wash. — The Downtown Yakima Farmers Market had a profitable opening final weekend, with almost twice the quantity of holiday makers on opening day the earlier 12 months.
Final 12 months, COVID-19 restrictions prevented arts, crafts and leisure distributors from attending the market and customer capability on the house was restricted.
Market Supervisor Yvette Lippert mentioned this season, guests can count on to see about 30 distributors for the following couple of weeks, together with native farmers, artisan meals, artists and crafters.
“We’re ready on berries to come back, in addition to among the different produce to begin coming in,” Lippert mentioned. “As soon as we do begin seeing that, we’ll most likely see on common about 35 to 38 distributors a weekend, which is implausible.”
Like grocery shops, farmers markets settle for cost by way of state and federal meals applications similar to SNAP/EBT, which they make the most of with its companion program SNAP Market Match.
SNAP Market Match permits folks to double their meals advantages when going to farmers markets, matching the contributions greenback for greenback: if somebody withdraws $10 from their EBT card, they obtain $20 in market tokens.
Folks can go to the knowledge sales space contained in the market, swipe their EBT card, select how a lot they need to spend after which obtain double that quantity to spend on produce, dairy merchandise and baked items — excluding scorching to-go meals obtainable on the market.
Face coverings are required for everybody on the market. In accordance with the web site, “Though the WA State face masks necessities change on 5/18/21, Farmers’ Markets nonetheless must observe the Division of Well being (DOH) Farmers Market COVID-19 Guidelines till WA reopens and/or DOH Pointers have been up to date.”
The market might be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday till October 6. It’s positioned on South Third Avenue in entrance of the Capitol Theatre, between East Yakima Avenue and East Chestnut Avenue and has been managed by the Downtown Affiliation of Yakima for the previous 4 years.
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