As public safety protocols regarding Covid-19 ease, businesses and services in and around Portage la Prairie are chomping at the bit to get back into the swing of things. One of the latest positive announcements is the opening Saturday of the Portage Farmers Market.
“We get to open tomorrow,” says Jodie Skinner, market executive director.
The Portage Farmers Market is classified as an essential service and received a permit to open at its seasonal outdoor location across from Dairy Queen early this week. “All of our vendors are being allowed to participate. Because of the extremely short notice — we got the permit on Tuesday — we have eight or nine vendors confirmed.”
Skinner said the market would have moved to its outdoor location in June, “but we wanted to get up and running as soon as we could. For some of our vendors this is their only source of income’” she said.
“We have room at the location and will be spacing spenders farther apart to allow for social distancing. There’s going to be signs reminding people to use hand sanitizers that will be available everywhere,” Skinner explained. “Basically whatever you are seeing in the stores you will see it with us, too. Tomorrow’s our first run. We’re going to go with it and see what happens and see what we need to change afterwards.
The market is scheduled to run from 10 – 2 p.m. Saturday under blues skies and warm temperatures.