Month: October 2020

Summer into Fall, safely

Early in the year, our market season seems to stretch out forever—and then all of a sudden it’s nearly complete. 24 markets down, only two to go!  Thanks for your patience and steadfastness as we’ve navigated all of the “usual” uncertainties of the season (like growing conditions and market day weather) and the UNUSUAL uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our vendors are reporting that sales in 2020 exceeded their expectations—which means that you turned a truly sour “lemon” situation into lovely lemonade for many small farms and food makers. 

Very soon, we’ll share detailed information about our plans to host November and December indoor markets at the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes.  This fall, the market is moving to the large retail space that formerly housed Forever 21.  We’re lining up vendors and carefully planning our COVID-19 safety measures for these indoor events…stay tuned!

As we contemplate indoor markets and the long winter ahead, safety and health are top of mind. As it happens, safety and health are ALWAYS top of mind at Maple Grove Hospital, the market’s presenting “Safer at the Market” sponsor for 2020. Maple Grove Hospital and North Memorial Health have rolled out a healthy checklist of strategies for this unique time. From flu shots to virtual doctor visits and beyond, this list will give you additional tools to navigate fall and winter.

Please join us in thanking Maple Grove Hospital for its ongoing care of the community.  Their proactive sponsorship of the farmers market helps us to keep vendor fees reasonable and supports many of the ways we communicate with you.