The Penticton Farmers Market is gearing up to open April 17 with COVID-19 safety protocols in place including mandatory masks. (Brennan Phillip/file photo)

The Penticton Farmers Market is gearing up to open April 17 with COVID-19 safety protocols in place including mandatory masks. (Brennan Phillip/file photo)

Penticton Farmers’ Market needs volunteers, prepares for opening day

The Farmers’ Market will return to Main Street April 17

The Penticton Farmers’ Market will return to the 100 block of Main Street for their first day of the year Saturday, April 17.

The Farmers’ Market will open under the same COVID protocols it operated under last year, hopefully with artisans included this time around, said market manager Linda Van Alphen.

However, the market is still searching for volunteers to help make everything come together. Volunteer hours are from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer shifts will be staggered and on alternating Saturdays.

To get involved email PentictonFarmersMarket@gmail.com.

The market Saturday will kick off at 8:30 a.m., with nearly a full roster of vendors, said Van Alphen. Since it is still early season, customers can expect about 35 to 39 vendors set up. At capacity the market has 56 vendors but since it is an early season not everyone has their crops ready yet.

Last year’s Farmers’ Market saw large line-ups to get in because of the restrictions on how many could go in at a time. The market volunteers have become better at setting up the way you enter one way and exit another.

“Our tweaking has been in creating efficiency with signage – directional and COVID-19 and safety measures with additional barricades and partitions between vendors,” said Van Alphen previously.

“We had excellent volunteers in 2020 who strictly follow the guidelines and I am hoping that they all return this coming year,” she added.

“I am looking forward to this summer when we can get back to some semblance of a normal market.”

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– With files from Monique Tamminga



jesse.day@pentictonwesternnews.com

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