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Downtown Farmer’s Market to return June 6

GREENVILLE — For those wondering about the Farmers Market in downtown Greenville, there is good news: The Farmer’s Market will return, beginning on June 6. “When I first took over this job, that was one of the big questions,” Greenville Main Street Executive Director Ryan Berry said. “Will be able to hold the Farmers Market. Fortunately, they (Farmers Markets) are considered essential and we will be able to do that.” Like everything else this summer, it will have a different look due to the corona virus when it debuts on June 6. It will be held on Saturdays through Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Before, it was on the corner of Fourth and Broadway,” Berry said. “It is going to be a little more spread out this year in order to adhere to all the rules and social distancing, both for the vendors and the visitors. We are going to adhere to all the Governor’s rules, the state rules and the CDC rules.” Because of that it will be held on both sides of the street on Broadway. “We have purchased signage to put up on Broadway to direct people,” Berry said. Berry added, as always, there will be a great deal of variety at the Farmers Market. “The vendors know the rules and have agreed to adhere to them,” he said. “We have a good collection of vendors. They will all be wearing masks or face covering and wearing them properly. Anybody who visits will need to adhere to the social distancing requirements.There will be someone there with soaps and someone making fudge. There will someone there making masks to sell. We are going to have a really good variety — even in the crafts, there is going to be a good variety.” The fruits and vegetables, however, will depend on what is in season. “There are going to be a lot of fruits and vegetables,” Berry said. “Of course, some of them may not have them until later, around July. Other fruits and vegetables will be there at the start.” And Berry asks that anyone who visits — and the vendors — use common sense. “We have asked the vendors to take their temperature before they leave to come here,” he said. “Anyone who is feeling sick or showing symptoms (of the corona virus), don’t come. We want the vendors to stay healthy.” He said there will be one disappointment for visitors. “There were always fudge samples in the past,” Berry explained. “There will not be any samples this year because the state is not allowing that. That is probably the one big change. And we ask that the visitors not handle the products.” It is a small price to have a popular event return. “I know people look forward to it,” Berry said. “We have some great vendors.” And all the fun begins June 6 and any additional vendors who want to participate may contact Berry by phone at 937-548-4188. PHOTO CAPTION: The Darke County Farmer’s Market will be back, beginning June 6. (Gaylen Blosser photo) By Rob Kiser | DarkeCountyMedia.com

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