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Farmers Markets are considered essential, like grocery stores, and some are opened or planning on opening soon. Although shopping will be a bit of a different experience with the new rules in place to help protect everyone from COVID-19. In Olympia, where the Olympia Farmers Market on Capitol Way is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., social distancing is enforced, crowd sizes are monitored and controlled, and vendors are spaced apart. You can get restaurant food to go and you’ll notice more informational signs and sanitizing stations.

In Tacoma, the Proctor Farmers Market opened April 25 — but also with a list of rules in place. The weekly market that is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is requiring all people to wear face coverings and limit their visit to 20 minutes. All employees are to wear masks and gloves. And there are no samples, live music, or seating.

The Broadway Farmers Market is slated to open on May 7 and run every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Point Ruston’s Market and the Eastside Market will open in June. See the modified safety plan for Tacoma markets here.

Another large and favorite South Sound market, the Downtown Puyallup Farmers Market, delayed its April 18 opening, but it has an online store and several of its vendors are selling everything from fresh flowers to cheese there. Learn more about how to get local products delivered or for no-contact pickups here.