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Two farmers markets may return this month

This is another one for the “MAY-be happening column.” May is the month when outdoor farmers markets usually return to their Kalamazoo, Portage and Texas Township locations. This year, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the farmers markets will be conducting business a bit differently.

The Kalamazoo Farmers Market, at 1204 Bank St., has opened a Drive-Thru Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. through May. Shoppers can order local produce, food, and more through a number of market's vendors’ online or phone ordering systems ahead of time, and then pick up their orders at the Drive-Thru Market. Make sure to plan ahead, as there will be no shopping or adding to orders while at the market.

You can find a list of participating vendors, ordering information as well as more information on what to expect on Drive-Thru Market day HERE. The Kalamazoo Farmers Market hopes to open the traditional market on June 6.

The Fresh on Q Farmers Market, 7110 West Q Ave., is scheduled to be open from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, beginning May 16, and from 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays, from June 2 to Aug. 25. In order to maintain safe social distancing the market will be limiting the number of vendors in the pavilion, requiring vendors — and encouraging shoppers — to wear masks, providing hand sanitizer at entry points, limiting the number of shoppers per party, and encouraging pre-orders with vendors. Keep up to date on the market's status HERE.

The Portage Farmers Market, in the Portage City Hall parking lot, 7900 S. Westnedge Ave., has postponed its opening from May 10 to June 7 when it will begin being open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays. Check HERE for changes to the market's status