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Holland Farmers Market Announced Plans for May 13 Opening

The Holland Farmers Market in Downtown Holland will open as an essential
business under Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-60 on Wednesday, May 13. The
Market will be open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm for the sale of
food, plants, personal hygiene products and pet supplies. As part of the Market’s response to
the COVID-19 situation, the first hour of each Market day will be reserved for shopping for the
immunocompromised, those ages 60+ and pregnant women.

“We are pleased to be able to open as scheduled on May 13 after consulting with state and
local officials and with guidance from our partners at the Michigan Farmers Market Association
(MIFMA),” said Holland Farmers Market Marketing Coordinator Kara de Alvare, “Customer
safety has always been, and will continue to be, our top priority at the Market.”

To protect customers, vendors and staff from the spread of the coronavirus, the Holland
Farmers Market has released a set of COVID-19 Market Customer Guidelines and is
encouraging all customers to review the guidelines carefully before planning a trip to the Market.
The guidelines are currently available to view on the Holland Farmers Market website at
www.hollandfarmersmarket.com and on the Holland Farmers Market Facebook page. A similar
set of COVID-19 Market Vendor Regulations has also been communicated to all Market farmers
and vendors.

“While we are thrilled to be able to provide the community with access to fresh, healthy and
locally-grown food during the COVID-19 crisis, we do want to be clear that shopping at the
Market will look different than it has in year’s past,” said de Alvare. “Customers should shop as
efficiently as possible and treat shopping at the Market as seriously as they would treat
shopping at the grocery store.”

When the Market opens on May 13, customers can expect to find root vegetables, early spring
produce (like rhubarb and asparagus) and greenhouse grown produce, along with bread and
other baked goods, honey, maple syrup, peanut butter, bottled juices, cheese, meat, eggs and
much more. Annual and perennial plants and hanging baskets will also be available, though cut
flowers are currently not permitted to be sold.

All vendors will be located outside at the Eight Street Market Place at 150 West 8th Street.
While vendors will be located outside, restroom facilities will be accessible inside the Holland Civic Center Place. The front desk for the Market will be located in the atrium inside the building as well. Bridge Cards (SNAP or EBT), Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), WIC Project Fresh, Senior Project Fresh and Market Bucks are all still accepted as payment at the Market. There is currently no limit on how much you may “double up” if using your Bridge Card or P-EBT card. All vendors accept cash and a number of vendors also accept credit card.

For more information on the Holland Farmers Market and our COVID-19 safety guidelines,
please visit us online at www.hollandfarmersmarket.com, follow us on Facebook and Instagram
or call 616.355.1138 or more information.