|Summer markets to open with safety in mind posted on 05/01/2020|
Two Mount Hood markets are making cautious plans for
returning during the summer season to offer community members access to locally
farmed foodstuffs and artisan goods produced in the region.
Both the Hoodland Farmers Market and the Mt. Hood Artisan
Market are anticipating shortened seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are
planning on opening with a focus on social distancing and ensuring the safety
of the public and vendors at the markets.
“The Hoodland Farmers Market will continue its mission to
bring fresh, real food and locally made goods to the people of Mt. Hood while
supporting local businesses during these unprecedented times,” said the
market’s manager, Lauren Carusona, in a recent press release.
The Hoodland Farmers Market will delay opening from May to
June this year. The farmers market is deemed an essential business during the
pandemic and will return to its previous home in the El Burro Loco parking lot,
67211 E. Hwy. 26 in Welches every Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. starting June
In response to the pandemic, the farmers market will serve
as a place to pick up pre-ordered items and not a place to gather, browse or
socialize in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Customers can
contact individual vendors and arrange to place prepaid orders for pick up at
the market. Contact information for the vendors will be available on the
farmers market’s social media and in an email newsletter.
Carusona stated the market has been researching safe
distancing protocol used by other farmers markets. No money will be exchanged,
a hand washing and sanitizing station will be provided on site and customers
will be required to maintain appropriate distances while picking up preordered
Carusona highlighted the fact that while the social element
of the market was diminished it was still an opportunity to purchase
nutritious, locally produced food and ensure money being spent was supporting
the local economy.
“The silver lining of this difficult time is that our
community has all that it needs and more and it’s safer,” Carusona said.
The Mt. Hood Artisan Market has six dates planned for the
summer. The first artisan market is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in the
courtyard at the Mt. Hood Village and RV Resort, 65000 E. Hwy 26 in Welches
with a market scheduled every three weeks through September. The schedule is
currently tentative depending on state guidelines over the following months.
“We hope to provide a safe environment for our vendors to
come out and show their wares,” said market organizer Heidi Flanders. “We want
everyone to be safe during these uncertain times and we’ll follow state mandate
and guidelines throughout the summer.”
The artisan market strives to be a starting point for new
artists and craftspeople in the region who haven’t begun to get their art out
to the community.
The markets saw an uptick in interest from vendors and the
public after operating for two years and organizers hope for the potential for
community members to browse and enjoy entertainment including live music,
vendors samples and other activities later this summer if social distancing
guidelines are reduced.
“We’re looking forward to getting back to having more
community involvement,” Carusona said. “At this time we’re working with the
pandemic and making sure we put safety first.”
For more information about the Mt. Hood Artisan Market email
Heidi_flanders@equitylifestyle.com. More information about the Hoodland Farmers
Market can be found on the market’s Facebook page.
By Ben Simpson/MT
[Editor’s note: following publication in our newspaper, it
was announced that the Mt. Hood Artisan Market has been cancelled for this