With Farmers Markets deemed essential businesses by Governor Pritzker’s executive order (#8, 23a), the Elgin Farmers Market plans to reopen for its scheduled season this summer, kicking off on Friday June 5th and operating for the full eighteen weeks until Friday October 2nd.
Customers can still purchase fresh local foods, pet products, baked goods and body care items at the Downtown Elgin Farmers Market. Other non-essential items, like specialty craft items, jewelry and other art related products will be added into the market as regulations allow.
With guidance in place from the Illinois Farmers Market Association and the City of Elgin, the Elgin Farmers Market will execute a social distancing plan to keep customers and vendors safe, including the requirement of face masks when entering the market, having vendors be the only one’s handling product until sale, and discontinuing food samples. At this time, live music, chef demos, and on-site food vendors will be scaled back on, but will be reconsidered as the season progresses.
“Some people may be hesitant of shopping inside a crowded grocery store,” said Elgin Farmers Market Manager Christina Gonzales, “At an outdoor open air market, we’ll try to eliminate that fear, while still supporting our local vendors and bringing some life into our downtown.”
To adhere to social distancing guidelines, the market will relocate to Spring Street in Downtown Elgin this season to allow enough space between vendor booths to observe the six-foot distance recommendation.
Spring Street will be closed to through traffic, from Chicago Street to Grove Ave from 1:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday’s. Customers are encouraged to park at the free parking decks located at either entrance of the market, on Chicago Street and on Grove Ave, as well as the Festival Park parking lot.
For more details, guidelines, and a list of participating vendors, visit downtownelgin.com/
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Events and Promotions Coordinator
Elgin Farmers Market Manager