Tacoma’s First Farmers Market Opens

The Proctor Farmers Market will be the first farmers market to reopen in Tacoma, despite the COVID-19 crisis. As “essential grocery,” it has permission to be open during the state-wide order to stay home and has modified many elements to keep customers as safe as possible.

Among these modifications are market layout — booths will be spaced six feet apart — and other general protocol, such as the requirement that all employees wear gloves and masks, with additional gloves and masks for sale for customers to use while they shop. Lines will be eliminated, as will sampling, live demonstrations, musical entertainment, and café seating and dining. Only a certain number of shoppers will be allowed in at a time, all of whom will have access to hand sanitizing stations.

Face coverings will be required for all shoppers, who are asked to limit visits to 20 minutes. To make shopping quicker, pre-order and pre-pay is available for many items, so a quick drop-by is all that is necessary.

For a full list of expectations, precautions, and regulations, visit http://www.proctorfarmersmarket.com/. The market plans to be open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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