HELENA – The Capitol Square Farmers Market is back for its fourth season. It will run every Tuesday, except holidays, in the Capitol south oval parking lot from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm through September 29th.
Staff and vendors are taking extra precautions to protect everyone in attendance in response to COVID-19, meaning the market setup will look a little different than most years.
Everyone will still have an opportunity to buy fresh, local produce made right here in Montana, but just in a different way. The farmers market came up with a plan for phase two, which includes:
Move counter-clockwise through the market, following designated one-way traffic signs
Honor physical distance (6 feet) from other people
Use the handwashing stations provided
Shop with your eyes –do not touch food products
Allow vendors to package all items –purchases will be set on the table
Use elbows –cough or sneeze into your elbow and away from people or food
Stay home if you’re feeling ill.
Kelly Calnan, has been a local vendor for two years now, and she is thankful for the opportunity to come out and interact with customers.
"The fact that they came together with a way to open the market is just awesome in my opinion,” says Calnan, Owner of Northern Lights Farm in Montana City. “It gives people access to locally grown products and supporting local small businesses is more important now than ever."
The Capitol Square Farmers Market is a joint project of the General Services Division of the Department of Administration and the Department of Agriculture.
“Not only is this a great opportunity for local farmers to sell food to the community, but it’s also a good opportunity for the community to go to the source of their food,” says Steve Baiamonte, General Services Division Administrator. “So, it’s a good way to not only support your farmers but also to just know where your food is coming from. To buy good, health local food.”
Those interested in being a vendor should contact Julia Gustafson, Capitol Square Market Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.