ORLANDO, Fla. - The popular Orlando Farmer's Market is returning for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic surge in March.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the reopening earlier this week after eight months of being shut down.
The popular market features fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables from local growers, baked goods, prepared foods, cheeses, and desserts.
There were only 25 vendors open when the farmer's market reopened on Sunday, despite 35 being scheduled to return. There were also new safety protocols in place, like wearing a mask, hand sanitizer dispensers, and social distancing.
“We're so happy to be back!” said Maegan Hoffman, who was visiting the market. "Thanks for bringing it back, we've been waiting for months."
The market’s vendors say they’re happy to be back too.
“We're excited to get back into it, again,” said Jenny Lankenau, who was running a Raw Juice Bar serving plant-based fruit and vegetable smoothies. “We do a lot of business here and it's a lot of exposure for us, to get people to our storefront, as well.”
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Managers said that they could shut down again if COVID-19 numbers spiked, but for now, they will be there again every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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