If you had walked Ballard Avenue in Seattle last Sunday, you might have thought your eyes would be playing tricks. But they weren’t. On the block, a number of people waited for the bell tower to ring at 10 a.m., signaling the reopening of the Ballard Farmers Market.
Washington was hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak with more than 700 deaths. But thanks to social distancing and a “flattening of the curve” in the state, just over a month later, a little sign of something that was almost normal came back.
Of course there were fewer providers than usual and a lot more rules. People stood six feet apart. Once capacity was reached, there was a strict one-to-one rule. And a lot of people bought from their cars.
People seemed happy to be in line, mostly just to do something, but also to get their hands on amazing fresh products. Like Brent Olson’s potatoes, which he drove all the way through the state to sell: “I think people are afraid to go to the grocery stores much more than just outdoors [stalls]”Said Olson.
Karen Bean sold her organic honey from a safe distance and extended her credit card reader over a long stick to customers who showed up in their cars.
On March 13, Seattle closed its farmers markets. While the city’s most famous public market, Pike Place, remains largely closed, Ballard Farmers Market has reopened. Type of.
Correspondent Luke Burbank asked Doug Farr, general manager of the market, “Do people see it as something that may be more ’boutique’ than just going to the normal grocery store?”
“Yes, I know very well that in our conversations with the city there was a lot that they called us an ‘event,'” said Farr.
Farr and the growers he works with quickly remind people what they’re selling Food, no different than grocery stores, which of course have remained open.
Farr said to Burbank: “In essence, we are a safer alternative than grocery stores.” [considering] The number of people in a grocery store at any given time who have access to this product. These farmers are the people who touched this product for the first time. They bring it to the farmers market and give it to you. And they give it outdoors. “
On a typical Sunday last year, more than 20,000 people could show up to browse the fresh local products. That number was low last week. Nevertheless, it was nice when the sun was shining and the market was a bit open to be reminded that “this will also pass”.
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History produced by Anthony Laudato. Editor: Chad Cardin.