Courtesy of Tumwater Farmers Market

The Tumwater Farmers Market is back. In partnership with the Tumwater School District, opening day is set for May 2. While it will be hosted at a new day and time, market-goers can expect the same abundant offerings from local farms and vendors.

The collaboration, which hopes to not only increase food access, but to foster a family-friendly community event through inclusivity and equity, has relocated to Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School and has moved to Sundays.

Farmers markets have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, since large gatherings are discouraged. Markets have had to pivot to include things like online ordering and contactless pick-up. Tumwater is no different.

“We really want to encourage people to mask up, and get out there to support your local farmers markets,” said Emily Manke, market manager. “We’ve taken all precautions, and our outdoor environment makes it easy to maintain safe social distancing.”

The Tumwater Farmers Market supports programs like the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP), which provides fresh local produce to WIC participants, and lower-income families.

High school students participating in the FRESH program (Farm Rooted Education for Sustainability and Health) will be on hand to sell produce and flowers harvested from their own farm at nearby Isabella Bush Park.

A number of new and returning vendors will be in attendance this season, selling farm-fresh foods and goods.

The Tumwater Farmers Market runs May 2 through Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check here for more information.