Downtown Yakima Farmers Market opens for the 2021 season
YAKIMA, Wash. — The Downtown Yakima Farmers Market had a successful opening last weekend, with nearly twice the amount of visitors on opening day the previous year.
Last year, COVID-19 restrictions prevented arts, crafts and entertainment vendors from attending the market and visitor capacity at the space was limited.
Market Manager Yvette Lippert said this season, visitors can expect to see about 30 vendors for the next couple of weeks, including local farmers, artisan food, artists and crafters.
“We’re waiting on berries to come, as well as some of the other produce to start coming in,” Lippert said. “Once we do start seeing that, we’ll probably see on average about 35 to 38 vendors a weekend, which is fantastic.”
Like grocery stores, farmers markets accept payment through state and federal food programs such as SNAP/EBT, which they utilize with its partner program SNAP Market Match.
SNAP Market Match allows people to double their food benefits when going to farmers markets, matching the contributions dollar for dollar: if someone withdraws $10 from their EBT card, they receive $20 in market tokens.
People can go to the information booth inside the market, swipe their EBT card, choose how much they want to spend and then receive double that amount to spend on produce, dairy products and baked goods — excluding hot to-go food available at the market.
Face coverings are required for everyone at the market. According to the website, “Although the WA State face mask requirements change on 5/18/21, Farmers’ Markets still have to follow the Department of Health (DOH) Farmers Market COVID-19 Guidelines until WA reopens and/or DOH Guidelines have been updated.”
The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Sunday until October 6. It’s located on South Third Street in front of the Capitol Theatre, between East Yakima Avenue and East Chestnut Avenue and has been managed by the Downtown Association of Yakima for the past four years.
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