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Lowell Area Farmers Market will open June 18

The Lowell Area Farmers Market will open its season at 10 am on Thursday, June 18. They're trying out a new location again this year, in the vast parking lot of Impact Church, 11840 Fulton directly across the street from Meijer Thrifty Acres. At this point, the plan is for the market to be open every Thursday, rain or shine, through Oct. 1.

“We changed the location because the one-way parking lot we were in was causing problems,” said market master Cinnamin Piggott. “People had a problem parking and going in and out onto M-21. This actually helped us because it gave us more space and the tents can be spread out more.”

It's still being sorted out which specific vendors will be at the market on opening day, and they have been known to fluctuate throughout the season. Products available on day one will include fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, cheeses, breads and more, returning vendors will include All Natural Promises, Sandy's Fudge and Wabasis Creek.

“We have Four Acre Freedom, he will be selling beard oil, baked goods, jams, candy, leather goods, leather clothing and jewelry,” Piggott said. “People will be happy about that, we've had requests for a beard oil vendor over the years.”

The social distancing steps that will be taken at the market are based on recommendations from the Michigan Farmers Market Association and are listed on their website mifma.org. Shoppers at the market must wear face masks, and Piggott said they also hope customers will limit socializing, even though it's fun to socialize.

“Right now, only essential items can be sold,” Piggott said. “It's limited to hygiene products and food. But by the time we open, we're hoping to be able to sell crafts. All vendors will be wearing masks, we're marking the six foot spaces, we're going to have signs up, we're going to have hand sanitizer at each table and we're asking customers to wear masks. We just hope that people will comply with that. They also shouldn't visit and linger like they might normally do. Just come, get your items and leave. That is the biggest problem I think we might have, because we have many people who 'make a day' out of this. Everything that we're doing is so that we can be open, otherwise we cannot be open. We're hoping that people will understand that.”

For more information about the Lowell Area Farmers Market, visit www.discoverlowell.org/farmers-market/ or find them on social media.

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