During COVID-19, 2nd Street Market has found ways to keep its customers satisfied
How do you be a community farmers’ market when it’s dangerous for the community to gather together? That’s something 2nd Street Market, a farmers’ market that’s run by Five Rivers MetroParks, has been working to figure out.
Located at 600 E. Second St., the market first opened its doors in its current location in 2001. Today, the market has over 50 vendors, with some selling just on the weekends and some being more permanent. Fifteen of the market’s current vendors have been with the market since it began.
On Saturday, May 30, 2nd Street Market reopened its doors to the public after months of quarantine. With adjustments made due to COVID-19, about 20 vendors are currently participating in the market.
“We’re still kind of tweaking it and trying to bring in as many vendors as we can,” says Lynda Suda, market manager. “Right now it’s still trying to provide food, [that’s] our main priority.”
Although not all of the vendors are back at the market yet, some have continued through the shutdown and are still providing products to their customers through other means.
Wendy Lavy, owner of Consider the Lilies, a fresh flower and floral arrangement business, is doing just that. Lavy started a flower subscription program that provides customers with flowers for a certain number of weeks, depending on which option they choose. Customers can then have flowers available for pick up or choose delivery.
When the magazine went to press, Lavy was planning to return to the market July 18.
“I think, overall, the farmer’s market is definitely somewhat a social event, which poses a challenge right now. So, hopefully in time, it’s going to get
better,” says Lavy.
Another vendor, Katie Hall, is the owner of Fox in Socks Soapery, which sells artisan soaps, bath bombs and hair care products. Hall established an online shop for her customers to use so they could still have access to her products during the stay-at-home order.
“I feel very blessed. I have a very strong and passionate customer base that has really shown through even online,” says Hall.
Hall has not yet returned to 2nd Street Market.
The market is now open Saturdays to 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This earlier time was chosen to help people beat the summer heat, especially since the market is only available outside. It’s still uncertain of when the indoor portion of the market will open back up again.
“We appreciate everybody being patient and enjoying what we are able to offer, and hopefully soon we will be able to be back to being our community gathering space that we’ve always been,” says Suda.