Northampton’s Tuesday Market opens this week

  • Fresh vegetables are seen at Northampton’s Tuesday Market last year.

Staff Writer
Published: 5/9/2020 5:17:54 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Tuesday Market, run by Grow Food Northampton, plans to reopen this week.

At most, 20 people will be let in at a time, the city’s Health Department director Merridith O’Leary said at Thursday evening’s Board of Health meeting. The market, held in the plaza between Thornes Marketplace and the parking garage, will be open from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Currently, per the city’s policies, farmers markets are only able to sell certain products, including whole, uncut fresh fruits and vegetables; unprocessed honey; pure maple products; and fresh eggs.

“I’m really going to advocate (for) and hope to have the meat, the bread and the dairy products brought in sooner than later to the market,” O’Leary said at Thursday’s Board of Health meeting. Those products would require additional permitting and inspection, which the department doesn’t currently have the capacity to do, O’Leary said Friday.

“I feel excited to get some kind of normal thing that we all love back together,” said NikiLankowski, Tuesday Market and communications manager. “But I am nervous about how long it will take for us to be able to add other products in.”

The opening day will be smaller than usual, as some vendors need more time to prepare and won’t be at the first day, Lankowski said.

The Northampton Farmers’ Market and the Florence Farmers Market have submitted plans to reopen, which O’Leary said need some modification before they are approved.

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