Farmers market returns to Florence

  • Rick Tracy of Intervale Farm, right, waits on customers at the Florence Farmers Market. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • John Spineti, the owner of Twin Oaks Farm, waits on a customer at the Florence Farmers Market during the second market of the season. As ordered by the Board of Health, only two customers per vendor are allowed in the market at one time. In addition to Twin Oaks, the market included Pepin Farm, Busy Bee Acres and Intervale Farm, so eight people at a time were allowed to shop. They hope to have more vendors next week. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Mike Pandora, owner of Busy Bee Acres, waits for a customer at the Florence Farmers Market during the second market of the season. A plastic shield reflects his merchandise. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

For the Gazette
Published: 5/29/2020 2:55:59 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Asparagus, rhubarb and other spring bounty have been growing in the Valley, but farmers markets got off to a less showy start this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The city’s Health Department limits what can be sold at markets and has put in place safety precautions, including occupancy limits and designated entrances and exits.

Plants, honey and produce were on display Wednesday at the Florence Farmers Market, the second one of the season.

The Northampton Farmers Market, held Saturdays downtown, and the Tuesday Market, run by Grow Food Northampton, both opened in earlier this month. 

Elsewhere, the Amherst Farmers Market is set to open Saturday on the Town Common. In Holyoke, the farmers market is set to open June 18 in Veterans Memorial Park, the organization recently wrote on its Facebook page.

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com.



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