Broad Ripple Summer Market Opening on May 2 with New Safety Protocols

The Broad Ripple Summer Market will be opening this Saturday, May 2, this year at a new location and with strict safety protocols.

Get your fresh produce and local good this summer at 6179 Rural Avenue in Indianapolis, behind the Glendale Town Center. With input from the Marion County Health Department, Farmers Market Coalition and Purdue Extension, the Summer Market is enforcing new guidelines to keep vendors and shoppers safe and healthy this summer.

Broad Ripple Summer Market COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Most importantly, if you are ill or exhibiting symptoms, stay home!

  • Pre-Orders and Pre-Pay
    To minimize wait times for all customers, pre-paid pre-orders are highly encouraged. A vendor list with ordering information and links to the vendor sites will be available on our website and linked to the newsletter each week for your shopping convenience.
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    All vendors, their staff and Market volunteers will wear masks and disposable gloves. We are strongly encouraging everyone attending the Market to wear a face mask. (See links below for making your own.)
  • Early Shopping for High-Risk Groups
    The first half hour of the market from 8:00 – 8:30 am will be reserved for those 65+ and immuno-compromised customers. If you do not fall into those categories, please wait until after 8:30 am to arrive.
  • No Dogs Allowed
    Sadly, for them and for us, our dog visitors will be asked to stay home to help us comply with social distancing and safety requirements.
  • Customer Limits
    The number of persons allowed into the Market at one time will be limited for safe social distancing. Families are encouraged to send only one family member to the market if possible.
  • Single Entrance & Exit to the Market
    To assure there is enough space at the market to permit safe social distancing between customers, we will have a dedicated entrance at the north end, and a dedicated exit at the south end of the Market. Those are the only points of entry and exit that will be allowed.
  • Hand Washing & Sanitizing
    Customers should use the hand washing station at the entrance of the Market before entering, and also the one at the exit when leaving. Within the bounds of the Market, there will be a hand washing station in the center as well as hand sanitizer on vendor tables for use as needed.
  • Market Layout & Traffic Flow
    The Market will be paid out with vendors on three sides. Safety cones and tape will be used to create a “fence” along the fourth side. Booths will be spaced apart to accommodate safe distance guidelines.
  • Social Distancing
    Customers are asked to maintain 6 ft. social distancing at all times. Only one customer per vendor booth at a time. And please exit the Market after completing your purchases (don’t linger).
  • No Eating or Drinking at the Market
    For now, we will not have any ready-to-eat food, beverages, or sampling of vendor products at the Market. There will be no refills of kombucha growlers.
  • Pre-Packaged Produce/No Touch
    All produce at the Market should be pre-packaged to reduce handling and customers may not touch any produce or other products for sale, but rely on the vendor to select and bag it and hand it to them.

“These protocols are new to all of us – customers, vendors, and volunteers – so we will need everyone’s help to implement them successfully. Some protocols will likely be modified as we gain experience with them.” – Broad Ripple Summer Market Staff

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