Haymarket Farmer’s Market postponed due to COVID-19 concerns
Organizers say they have decided to delay the start of the Haymarket Farmer's Market.
Organizers say they have decided to delay the start of the Haymarket Farmer’s Market.
The decision was made late Tuesday night to push back to first event from Saturday to May 16, Jeff Cunningham, Executive Director of Lincoln Haymarket Development Corp., told Channel 8 Eyewitness News. That could change depending on the status of COVID-19 cases reported in the community.
Cunningham said the call was made after talks with health officials and the uptick in cases in Lincoln. He said food and craft vendors will have to follow certain health and safety guidelines.
“We intend to have vendors selling produce, baked goods, arts and crafts, and hot food to go,” he said.
Pat Lopez, Interim Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department said Tuesday afternoon officials would meet to discuss a plan Wednesday morning.
“We are really actively watching what’s happening in our community and as we have been acutely aware, you know our world changed from Saturday to today so we have alternate plans in place,” Lopez said.
Channel 8 Eyewitness News spoke to a vendor who plans on being there, despite some possible new changes.
“It’s just like a strange thing I feel like for everybody like everybody wants to be as safe as possible and like again we don’t want to suffer business so like we have to do what we have to do basically,” said Manager of Erick’s Enchiladas, Celia Torres.
Erick’s Enchiladas has gone to the farmers market in Lincoln for the past 12 years.
“We sample our salsa and enchiladas but we are not going to do that, we are just going to sell everything packaged and not let everybody touch everything and just kind of let everybody be at a distance,” said Torres.
Fortunately, Erick’s Enchiladas functions outside of the farmers market but they do rely on them a lot to stay a float.
“We’re not really nervous, we are just more like happy to sell and see our customers and we do like to interact with our customers so that’s another big part of it,” said Torres.