The reopening of some businesses shuttered in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic are coming up with a variety of improvised methods to serve the public. It’s been a long period for affected businesses to be shutdown. Some of them will be unable to open because of the financial hardships they sustained during the pandemic.

One of those long-serving businesses was the Menominee Historic Downtown Farmers Market, which will open today for the 2020 season. Those in charge of the market concocted some clever ways to serve the public in preparing for the new season.

Market leaders are calling the first run of the season a “soft opening.” One of its first moves was to relocate the market from its normal site to Spies Public Library parking lot, one block north from its former location. This will give shoppers a better location for a drive-through format. The market will be open from 9 a.m. until noon each Saturday.

Some of the regular vendors are still in the planting stages and will join the lineup when their products are ready for sale. Other vendors may have an uncomfortable feeling about opening so soon and will join the roster as they see fit. More vendors will likely join the list of merchants when the lid is lifted from the restrictions now in place.

Market shoppers will be entering the market area from 10th Avenue and proceed to Doyle Drive (also known as Marina Drive) and then make a right turn to the Spies Public Library grounds. Shoppers will remain in their vehicles as they visit vendor-to-vendor. Each vendor will have a list of items in front of their booth.

Pedestrian traffic also will be able to visit the market booths. Walk-in traffic should park their vehicles in the marina parking lot and enter the market area from Doyle Drive. Walk-ins should be wearing a mask before they enter the grounds. A few other simple rules will be in place for shoppers so the initial opening will function successfully.

A tip of the hat to Lucy Pier, market manager, and others involved in the Menominee Historic Downtown Farmers Market for conceiving a workable plan so the popular event can launch its 2020 season under unprecedented circumstances brought on by COVID-19.