Downtown Yakima Farmers Market to Open May 24th
Originally scheduled to open Mother’s Day Weekend on May 10th, The Downtown Yakima Farmers Market (DYFM) is now planning to open May 24th and run through October 11th.
The two-week delay provides time to address state mandated COVID-19 safety measures. The Governor’s restriction on public gatherings does not include farmers’ markets as they are considered essential businesses in the same category as a grocery store. However, in essence, they are still a public gathering and thus, many safety measures must be installed and managed.
The SNAP/EBT programs have seen substantial growth at DYFM. Additionally, DYFM features other Federal and State food programs such as WIC, Senior WIC, SNAP & SNAP Market Match, WIC FMNP, and Senior FMNP.
Many safety measures will be taken, such as the market will have a designated entrance and exit, movement through the market will be only one-way, established social distancing will be enforced along with no sampling or touching of products, shoppers will be asked to limit their time at the market, mandated hand washing stations will be in place. This requires more financial investment and volunteers.
There is still room for additional vendors. Send an application to firstname.lastname@example.org
For updates on the market: www.downtownyakimafarmersmarket.com
Instagram and Facebook pages @DowntownYakimaFarmersMarket.