A sure sign of spring, even in these unusual times, has returned to Winona. The Winona Farmers Market made its springtime debut in Levee Park this past Saturday, May 9th from 7:30am – 12pm. While many familiar faces and booths have come back for the season, new restrictions are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WKBT News Channel 8 from Lacrosse, WI ran a story about the market’s return. In the article they reported, “Minnesota has declared farmers markets as essential businesses to remain open during StayHomeMN. The market has developed a plan to keep vendors and customers safe and physically distant. City staff helped with the plan and will monitor the market’s operations to offer assistance.”
The story also quotes Winona city manager Steve Sarvi as saying, “The ability to open Winona’s market is a credit to the market operators, who worked hard to develop a safe way to continue hosting the market at Levee Park.” Some of these safe methods include limiting entrance to the market to two controlled points, limiting the market to no more than 60 customers at any point in time, 6 foot social distancing for customers and vendors, no hand offs of reusable bags to vendors, a prohibition on samples, and compulsory mask wearing by vendors.
Of course, if you are experiencing any illness whatsoever or any symptoms of COVID-19, you are asked to not come to the market.
While these restrictions and new rules are an unfortunate sign of the times, the return of the market to Levee Park is a welcome beacon of hope and cautious return to normalcy.
You can read the WKBT new article here
For more info about the Winona Farmers Market, click here
Watch Visit Winona’s 2019 Facebook Live from the Farmers Market here