| 2 min | by Doug Marrin |
At its May 4 meeting, Chelsea City Council approved the opening of Chelsea’s Farmers Market this Saturday, May 9, (tomorrow) for the 2020 season.
For more than 25 years now, the Chelsea Farmers Market has provided locally grown and high-quality food and artisan crafts. At a time when we’re missing many things in our lives, it is comforting to have something familiar and cherished return.
“I think everyone’s eager and excited about the possibility of the Farmers Market opening,” Mayor Johnson told the Council. “It is certainly an essential business.”
City Manager John Hanifan was clear in stating the Market could open only “as long as the market employees and volunteers and customers have strict adherence to the proposed operation social distancing and health and safety plan. I don’t think at this time we should have pedestrians or patron circulating in the gathering the common areas.”
The Council approved curbside pick-up only for both the Saturday and Wednesday markets until June 6 when the City expects to open it up for in-person shopping, with social distancing and safety measures in place. But as with all things pandemic, the option remains fluid.
While the coronavirus restrictions haven’t stopped the Market completely, operations will be different. For a few weeks, service will be curbside only meaning patrons must order online ahead of time. To do so, go to the Markets website, https://chelseafarmersmkt.org/, follow the simple instructions, and soon you’ll be enjoying great locally sourced food.
Mayor Johnson also reminded the Council of the need to stay vigilant in the best practices for coronavirus mitigation. Wearing masks, six-feet social distancing, limiting the number of people into the market, and directional flow were among the practices she listed. The Mayor emphasized compliance with Governor Whitmer’s executive orders and best practices from the CDC, much of which has already been included in the Market’s written plan.
Other area farm markets are also working through the “new normal” which circulates around the measures in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Dexter Farmers Market is opening June 6.
Manchester Farmers Market remains closed until further notice. But the Acorn Farm Market store in Manchester opened May 7 (yesterday).
Saline Farmers Market opened May 2 for in-person shopping with safety measures in place.
Ann Arbor Farmers Market is opening May 9 for pick up orders only.
Chelsea Farmers Market (until June 6)
Saturdays pick up time 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at Palmer Commons across from the police station in downtown Chelsea.
Wednesdays pick up time 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Chelsea State Bank on the corner of M52 and US12.
Market Manager Emily Griswold outlined to the Council how orders are handled for pick up servce.
See you all there! Well, maybe on June 6 anyway.