Farmers market season is upon us in Northern Colorado, and while many are looking forward to the fresh food, socializing, and supporting local business owners, there’s no doubt things are going to look a little bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite coronavirus pumping the brakes on many of our favorite summer traditions this year, most of Northern Colorado’s farmers markets have scheduled their returns, but with strict regulations in place. Here’s the scoop on which Northern Colorado farmers markets will be open this summer, and what you should expect from the guidelines that are put in place.
Fort Collins Farmers’ Market
The Fort Collins Farmers’ Market is located outside of Ace Hardware at 1001 East Harmony Road, and is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The market will include signage throughout encouraging shoppers to keep their visits brief and maintain proper social distancing and hand sanitizing. Shoppers over the age of two will be required to wear masks, and curbside pickup for the elderly and health-compromised individuals is being considered. No dogs will be allowed at the market this year, and aisles between booths will be expanded to 16 feet allowing for more space and better traffic flow. Food will also no longer be consumed on-site and all ready-made food must be taken to-go.
Fort Collins Farmers’ Market on Drake (Formerly known as the Drake Road Farmers’ Market)
The Fort Collins Farmers’ Market at 802 West Drake Road takes place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will honor the same rules and regulations as the Fort Collins Farmers’ Market.
Larimer County Farmers’ Market
Located at the Larimer County Courthouse parking lot (200 West Oak Street) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, the Larimer County Farmers’ Market is asking shoppers to come solo in order to cut down on foot traffic and shopping times. Signage will direct shoppers through the market, and masks, gloves, and physical distancing are encouraged. Market Bucks will not be sold this year in order to cut back on money handling, and instead, exact change or credit cards are encouraged whenever possible.
Farmers Market at Fairgrounds Park – Loveland
The Farmers Market at Fairgrounds Park is located at 700 South Railroad Avenue in Loveland and is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday from now through September.
This year’s market will feature fewer vendors, booths will be more spaced out and wider aisle spaces and the focus will primarily be on food and produce. The city is also working to create an online market component, which will allow shoppers to preorder items and pick them up curbside. For more information, please visit cityofloveland.org/farmersmarket.
Windsor Farmers Market
The Windsor Farmers Market is located at Boardwalk Park in Windsor from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday beginning June 20.
There will be new rules and regulations that are not yet determined according to the town’s Parks, Recreation and Culture department, however, they will be following social distancing guidelines and recommendations from the Weld County Department of Health and Environment as well as the Colorado Farmers Market Association.