Farmers markets in West Michigan set to open with restrictions

Posted at 5:44 AM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 05:44:42-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — West Michigan farmer's markets are beginning to pop up but things won't look the same as they have in the past.

Double Up Food Bucks is a plan that matches the amount families spend when they use their bridge card money at the Fulton Street Farmers Market. It's normally capped at $20 but right now that cap is lifted. Officials say customers can effectively spend even $100 on food and walk away with $200 worth of product.

Starting Saturday, both the Fulton Street Farmers Market and the Muskegon Farmers Market will be open for business. Vendors will be required to wear mask while customers are only encouraged to wear them.

Market directors are asking that customers be extra patient during this time, as it may take a while to enter the farmers market. They suggest coming prepared with a list of what you want so others aren't waiting in line.

The Muskegon Farmers Market runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday through November.

Representatives say social distancing will be encouraged and that they'll limit the number of people allowed in at one time. There also won't be any entertainment or places for people to sit and hang out.

Additionally, the Holland Farmers Market is set to return on May 13 and will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The Terra Square Farmers Market in Hudsonville plans to open on June 3rd.