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caption: Mary Purdy buys produce at the Sunday Farmers Market in Ballard from Foothills Farm's Matt Steinman.
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Mary Purdy buys produce at the Sunday Farmers Market in Ballard from Foothills Farm's Matt Steinman.
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Seattle farmers markets' gradual return, with new safety protocols

Farmers markets are slowly re-opening in Seattle.

The reopenings will start on Saturday with the U-District market. Ballard's will return on Sunday.

But before you go, there are a few things you need to know.

It’s not going to be business as usual. Expect to practice social distancing at the markets -- less chatting and no handling of products. Oh, and you’ll be asked to sign an oath to follow market safety rules, says Jennifer Antos, Executive Director of Neighborhood Farmers Markets, the organization that runs the U-District market.

“Everyone’s individual actions do matter,” she said. “They’re going to add up to us being successful and safe. I urge people to check out that oath and if you’re thinking of coming to take that oath seriously.”

Antos says the market will be much smaller, limited to food vendors. That means no flowers.

Sarah Dylan Jensen manages farmers markets in Snohomish County that are scheduled to open in May. She’s trying to convince officials to include them; they’re farmers, too.

“They barely make a living wage as it is so taking that away is something that I just feel strongly about especially if I can go to any grocery store right now and buy flowers.”

Farmers markets have been closed since Gov. Jay Inslee imposed a statewide stay at home order in March. They’re slowly allowed to operate after being deemed essential.