North Bend Farmers Market Update

May 6, 2021
Thursdays June 10-September 9
4-8PM at Si View Park

Operations Update
We are thrilled to be gearing up for the farmers market season! The question "Is the market back to normal this year?" has come up a number of times. The short answer is, no. But we have many good news to share on the operations front. While we are still in a pandemic and have strict regulations to follow, we'll be able to have many more shoppers and vendors in attendance this season. We can welcome back all types of vendors including farmers, processors, prepared foods (in to-go containers), artisans and non-profits. The market foot print will look more like "normal" although attendance is still controlled by designated entrance and exit points and one-way traffic flow. Protecting community health is our highest priority and reflected in our day-to-day operations. Measures such as social distancing, masking up, crowd management, good hand hygiene practices, and monitoring health of staff and vendors, are all part of the new normal. Your support of our efforts is greatly appreciated!

Call for Vendors
This season, there are less pandemic related restrictions for vendors. This means we have openings for additional vendors to join our market. If you are or know of a vendor, interested in selling produce, baked goods or flowers, please contact us. We would love to consider new applicants our market vendor roster!

Call for Volunteers
Do you love visiting the market? If so, consider volunteering! You'll enjoy the market atmosphere, get to visit with many people, and support our operations. Volunteers are primarily needed to help control market entrance and exit points this season. For more information, contact us today!

Food Access Programs
Improving access to healthy foods for our community is especially important today. We work with vendors and social service providers to offer a variety of payment options. Our market participates is several food access programs including WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs, and EBT/SNAP and SNAP Match programs. This year we are also able to accept Pandemic-EBT. These programs greatly improve access to fresh, healthy vegetables and fruits. Learn more here.

What About Music
At this time, we are not quite ready to re-introduce live music to market days. However, we are closely monitoring guidelines and if conditions improve, ready to re-evaluate. No promises, but hopefully by late summer this will be possible!

For the latest market information, be sure to subscribe to our seasonal market e-newsletter. We look forward to welcoming you to the market in June! In the meantime, check out our weekly food truck schedule (on Thursdays) at the park.