The Lane County Farmers Market officially began their regular season last week under statewide Coronavirus restrictions. The market is considered an essential service and is open for business, but with a few changes.
Vendors are spread across two Park Blocks in downtown Eugene to accommodate physical distancing guidelines. There are no samples being handed out and most produce is pre-bagged.
Operations manager Tawnia Platt-Ross says roughly a third of vendors opted to stay home this year.
“It’s a different kind of market. It’s not a social market. It’s to come in, shop and get out kind of market. Just to get business done.”
9-11 am is designated for high risk shoppers. For those not wanting to venture out or unable to find their favorite vendor, a list of CSA subscriptions and delivery options can be found on Lane County Farmers Market website.