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Northampton Farmers’ Market opens Saturday 

  • Fresh vegetables GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 6/1/2020 9:18:44 AM

Asparagus, rhubarb, and plant starts were sold at the opening day of the Northampton Farmers’ Market on Saturday on Gothic Street. The market opened later in the spring than usual due to the pandemic.

Weekly, the market opens at 7:30 a.m. for seniors and immunocompromised people, and at 8 a.m. to the general public, said Rick Tracy, president of the market and owner of Intervale Farm in Westhampton.

Looking ahead, there will be only a few vendors, and only two customers per vendor can be let in at a time, Tracy said.

“Please be patient,” he said. “Try and have a list so we can serve everybody efficiently. It’s going to be difficult to have long conversations about different tomato varieties when we’ve got 30 people waiting to get into the market.”

Last month, the Northampton Health Department released new policies for the operation of markets. Vendors must wear masks and gloves and provide bags for customers, as reusable bags are not allowed. Markets will have a specific entrance and exit and will only be allowed to have a certain number of customers inside at once.

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

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