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Farmers markets open

Get your baskets and eco-friendly bags ready because the area’s outdoor farmers markets open for business this month.

The Kalamazoo Farmers Market, which begins its season May 1, will be held at a new temporary location, Mayors’ Riverfront Park, 251 Mills St. The market’s usual location, on Bank Street, is undergoing a major renovation, which is expected to last the duration of the 2021 season. The market will be open from 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturdays, and the layout will be similar to that of the Bank Street location but have room for 30 additional vendors. Starting in June, it will also be open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and noon-5 p.m. Thursdays. The popular night market, held the third Thursday of the month, will also begin in June at the new location. For more information, visit

The “Fresh on Q” Farmers Market in Texas Corners begins its season May 8 at 7110 West Q Ave. The market is open from 8 a.m.–noon Saturdays through Oct. 16 and 4–7 p.m. Tuesdays from June 1–Aug. 3.

The Portage Farmers Market will open for the season on May 9 at Portage City Hall, 7900 S. Westnedge Ave. The market is open from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. every Sunday until Oct. 24.

All three markets will be taking precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including requiring masks, providing hand sanitizer at entry points and practicing social distancing.