By Boulder County Farmers Markets
As “essential businesses,” farmers markets, in their truest form, bring our community together around a central basic need — food. During these tough times, community lifts us and makes us whole. We take the matter of getting you and your family the freshest, most nutrient-dense local produce very seriously. Open-air markets are the safest way to do this.
It is with excitement and relief that we announce our opening dates for the 2020 season:
Boulder Farmers Market: Saturday, May 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Expect to queue up in the park on the southwest lawn of 13th Street for an Arapahoe Avenue entrance. Patrons over the age of 65 or with heightened susceptibility to coronavirus have the option to shop from 8 to 8:30 a.m.We do not yet have a date for the opening of the Boulder Wednesday evening market.
Longmont Farmers Market: May 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Expect to queue up in the southwest side of the parking lot on 13th Street near the fairgrounds. This is the side of the Jack Arena Building, where the restrooms are located. Patrons over the age of 65 or with heightened susceptibility to coronavirus have the option to shop from 8 to 8:30 a.m.
Union Station Farmers Markets: June 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More details will be provided in the coming weeks.
The Lafayette market will not open to the public this year. It will become a location for curbside pickup for orders placed on BCFM’s virtual market, BCFM2Go (bcfm.localfoodmarketplace.com). Curbside pick-up launch date is not set yet.
Your help is the only way to ensure we operate our markets as safely as possible. It should go without saying, but if you are feeling sick, please stay home.
Here’s what you need to know before coming to our markets:
Make a reservation. We are providing an online reservation system for our markets. Please make one. Walkups are not encouraged and are not guaranteed. You can make your reservation by visiting our website (bcfm.org).
Wear a mask. We know it’s weird and a little bit uncomfortable, but please wear a mask or face covering to the markets until further notice. It will be required. We’ve made it part of our uniform — all staff will be supporting fun, veggie-printed masks in the spirit of the market.
Come ready to shop. The market is considered an essential business and serves the purpose of grocery shopping. Please do not attend to socialize. We’ll give you the green light when it’s time to meet your friends down at the markets. We’re just not there yet. We will provide a list of what’s available via our newsletter, a market map and any preorder options that exist. It’s best if you come alone. Children are welcome, but if you can leave them in the care of someone else, please do.
Don’t bring your furry friends. As always, animals are not allowed at the market and this will be enforced.
No food should be consumed onsite. All ready-to-eat food will be packed to go and sealed.
Use the restroom before you leave home. We will have limited access onsite.
Plan to use credit cards. Cash will be accepted but it’s not encouraged. Bring small bills if you do use cash. SNAP, WIC & Fruit & Veg will be available at our info booth. We will not be selling market bucks this season.
Consider bringing a wagon or cart if you’re planning a big shopping trip, but leave your reusable bags at home for the time being.
Additional guidelines. We will be sharing a lot of information in our newsletter, social media channels, website and onsite about traffic flow, queueing up, good hygiene and more. Please follow these measures.There will only be one entrance, one exit, and a one-way flow of traffic.
Social distancing will be marked. Our staff will be there to gently remind you to follow those marks.
Handwashing and sanitizing stations will be available at the entrance, center and exit of the market.
Please keep in mind the following activities will not be available:
No food samplesNo market bucksNo live musicNo artisan showsNo kids activitiesNo food court seatingNo nonprofit booths
If you’re not ready to come back to markets, we understand and we have you covered. You can still order from our BCFM2Go website. Curbside pickup will be Saturday, May 23, in Longmont. The pickup day and time will shift once Longmont Farmers Market reopens on May 30. Stay tuned for those details.