One thing to tentatively look forward to as the weather warms? The reopening of the Tacoma Farmers Markets. Starting May 7, the Broadway market is set to reopen, taking place each Thursday from May through August from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and in September and October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Eastside market at 35th and McKinley also is meant to operate each Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. from June to August, and the Point Ruston market will be every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June to September.
“Tacoma Farmers Markets will open our market on schedule, because we know that investing in our local farms and small businesses helps make our community more resilient,” said Olympic Landscape, a landscape design and service company located in Puyallup, in an Instagram post. “We believe that all residents of Tacoma should have the opportunity to safely shop outdoors and shop local.”
Many precautions will be instated to ensure safe shopping during these markets, given the circumstances. Hand sanitizer will be available for shoppers, staff will wear PPE, and common contact surfaces will be frequently cleaned. Social distancing also will be enforced through chalk lines on the pavement, a market layout redesign, and counting shoppers in and out. A mobile market program for those unable to attend also may be available.