The City of Independence today announced that the Independence Uptown Market will open for the Farmers’ Market this Saturday, May 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in a drive-thru format.
“Opening the Independence Uptown Market has been carefully considered in the City’s plans to increase public access to our city-operated facilities slowly and cautiously,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “I have worked closely with our City staff and business partners to design a pre-Phase 1 reopening plan for the Independence Uptown Market that is acceptable to all parties, and I am pleased that over the past 48-hours our vendors have agreed to a plan that meets the city’s public health expectations. The Farmers’ Market is a popular and valued asset to our community. I am hopeful and optimistic that vendors and patrons will abide by the safety precautions put in place. If precautions are not followed, we will be forced to reconsider this decision.”
Approximately 10 local farmers will participate in this weekend’s Farmers’ Market with more to follow on coming Saturdays. Patrons will be provided a listing of all vendors in attendance as well as the produce or food products they have available when they arrive on Saturday. Drivers will be asked to enter the Uptown Market from the northeast entrance off of Liberty and will find traffic navigations leading them to Liberty from both the east and west. Drivers will then drive west around the Market. If they have completed their purchases on the north side, they may exit on Osage. Those with further purchases will turn left and travel east along the backside of the Market by exiting right on Liberty.
Vendors will be required to wear face masks and food grade gloves with changes between patrons and handling payments.
Farmers’ Market patrons are asked to stay in their vehicle and are encouraged to wear a cloth face covering. For those that do not have a vehicle and would like to walk up, they are asked to go up to a waiting area near the Market Master trailer located at the northeast entrance to the Market off of Liberty. Staff will assist them with their orders. Individuals will not be allowed to walk through the Market. The Market Master trailer is also where those using SNAP benefits can make their exchanges for tokens. Cash or SNAP are the preferred payment methods.