ATLANTIC — The Atlantic Farmers Market will be open this year, but just on Saturday and with some special COVID-19 rules in place.
Opening day is Saturday, June 6. The hours will be from 9 a.m. to noon, and the market will again be located at the Orscheln’s Farm and Home parking lot, along Highway 6/Seventh Street.
The market will be offering fresh vegetables, honey, lotions, soaps and fresh baked goods, and is expected to run through Aug. 29.
Organizer Donna Brahms said she had been working on plans for the market, considering changes that would be required due to COVID-19.
“I’ve been working dilligently since March to get farmer’s markets deemed essential. Finally the Governor said we could start the markets,” she said.
There were special requirements — booths must be spaced at least six feet apart, social distancing must be followed, and only vendors selling food or farm products will be allowed.
Music and other entertainment or activities is not allowed, and there will be no seating areas. Market shoppers are encouraged to wear masks and to attend the farmers market alone, without other family members.
Brahms said she wasn’t sure if those rules would remain in place all summer, but said the farmers market in Atlantic, and others around the state, would be allowed to open. “And I’ll take that,” she said.