Popular downtown farmers market returns this year

Jun 10, 2020, 10:35 AM | Updated: 10:49 am
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The annual Pioneer Park Farmers Market could look a lot different in June 2020 than it did in this June 2019 photo. Organizers are asking patrons to stay six feet apart and use exact change or avoid paying cash. They have also instituted other measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Photo: KSL-TV File

SALT LAKE CITY —  The Pioneer Park Farmers market will be open for business this Saturday, June 13, 2020 — but with many changes in place to support social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Organizers canceled all arts and crafts booths along with live music venues. Visitors also won’t be able to pay cash for any purchases.

In order to keep both the public and farmers and other vendors safe during the coronavirus pandemic, the market will not feature any prepared food booths or seating areas.  

Scenes like this one at the Pioneer Park Farmers Market in 2019 may be rarer in 2020. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, organizers say there will be no prepared food booths. Photo: KSL-TV File Booths like this one at the 2019 Pioneer Park Farmers Market may be hard to find in 2020. To avoid spreading coronavirus, organizers are limiting booths to fresh produce, meat and eggs only -- no prepared foods. Photo: KSL-TV File Crowds like this one won't be allowed at the 2020 Pioneer Park Farmers Market. Organizers are asking patrons to observe strict social distancing. Photo: KSL-TV File

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food says the food supply is safe. However, they’ve had to implement many of these changes to reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19.

Organizers say the good news is there will be plenty of food. But individual booths and the weekend market events as a whole will look more like grocery stores, with only eggs, meat and fresh produce for sale.

The 29th annual Farmers Market at Pioneer Park also has reduced hours this year, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will run every Saturday between June 13 and October 24, 2020. You can read more about their coronavirus prevention protocols here

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

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