The final day for the Kent Farmers Market will be Saturday, Aug. 1. The Kent Lions Club, which operates the market, decided to suspend the market for the rest of 2020 due to COVID-19. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Farmers Market

The final day for the Kent Farmers Market will be Saturday, Aug. 1. The Kent Lions Club, which operates the market, decided to suspend the market for the rest of 2020 due to COVID-19. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Farmers Market

Kent Farmers Market suspended for rest of 2020 after Aug. 1

Lions Club decides not safe enough to operate due to COVID-19

After this Saturday, Aug. 1, the Kent Farmers Market will be suspended for the rest of 2020.

“In the interest of the health and safety of our volunteers, vendors, and guests, the Kent Lions Club Board has decided to suspend the Kent Farmers Market for the 2020 season,” Lions Club President Emily White said in a July 29 email. “New regulations and our location have made it a struggle to keep the market operating smoothly and safely, and with rising numbers of COVID-19 in the area, we no longer felt it safe for us to continue.”

The final day of the market will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Square Plaza, Second Avenue North and West Smith Street.

“We encourage you to support our vendors at other local farmers markets in the area, including the Federal Way Farmers Market each Saturday and the Auburn Farmers Market each Sunday,” White said.

Under the restrictions, people are only allowed to enter at one end of the market. Only one person from a group is allowed to enter the market to shop. Face coverings are required. Only vendors who sell produce and flowers are permitted during the pandemic.

The market reopened July 11, about a month later than normal because of COVID-19. The Lions Club had planned to operate the market through Sept. 26.


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