Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar set to open June 14 with restrictions

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The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar will open for the season on June 14, albeit with fewer vendors and restrictions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announced today.

To meet guidelines for physical distancing, the market under I-83 downtown will have fewer vendors than is typical, and only merchants selling food and alcohol will be allowed to sell their goods.

Albright Farms, Hex Ferments, Reid’s Orchard & Winery and Salt River Lobster are just some of the vendors who will be coming back. A full list can be found here.

Organizers are also limiting the number of people in the market at any given time, and shoppers will only be allowed to walk in a one-way directional loop through the vendor area.

Cloth face coverings are required to enter the market, and additional hand washing and sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the market.

Group sizes will be capped at four people. Lingering and dining at the market are prohibited. A full list of regulations can be found here.

Santiago Nocera, a marketing and communications associate for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), said organizers hope to eventually phase in more vendors.

“We will adjust after seeing how this first phase goes, either by increasing or decreasing restrictions,” Nocera said. “We are also considering the bigger picture of how both the City and State proceed with reopening.”

BOPA has also compiled lists of farms, prepared food stalls and craft vendors that are ordinarily at the market and are now offering delivery or curbside pickup during the pandemic.

The market was originally scheduled to open on April 5 but was delayed due to coronavirus.

Located under the Jones Falls Expressway between Holliday and Saratoga streets, the market is scheduled to run Sundays from 7 a.m.-noon until Dec. 20.

Brandon Weigel

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