Uptown Ankeny Farmers' Market has announced it will reopen July 11 after months of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn't mean everything is back to normal quite yet: Due to safety measures, the weekly Saturday gathering will be limited in size.
"We have restricted our vendors to just be produce & farm products at this time," said Alexa Middleton, marketing director for Uptown Ankeny. "We just wanted to make sure we could get the market, and make sure you guys had access to fresh produce without overcrowding, and still keeping the social distancing aspect in place."
Also, the market will only operate from 9 a.m.-noon, & people will be counted as they enter & exit by staff to ensure smaller crowds.
Staff/vendors will be required to wear masks & customers will be encouraged to wear them, too. Guidelines also call for keeping attendance to one person per family and following posted instructions to maintain social distancing. In addition, there will be two hand-washing stations, vendors will make hand sanitizer available and the organizers are asking customers not to bring reusable bags.
Middleton said people should expect the market to look "a little different this year," with fewer family attractions than usual.
Please note: Pets are allowed in the city park of AMP, however they are not allowed in the market pavilion areas.