Vendors were spread out under individual tents in the parking lot at the Owensboro Regional Farmers’ Market Saturday for their opening day of the 2020 season.
Opening up the parking lot to shop was just one step taken to maintain social distancing. Normally merchants would be crowded inside the market pavilion, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic some changes had to be made.
Farmers’ Market manager Becky Luckett said it was similar to the way things operated for 37 years before they built pavilion.
“Now, we’re back to where we started — in a parking lot,” Luckett said. “Today was our first day, and it has been great.”
About 1,500 people showed up to shop among 18 vendors.
“We couldn’t have asked for anything better,” she said. “A lot of the customers were happy. They like the outside perimeter.”
There was one entry and exit point, and foot traffic flowed in one direction. Some vendors sold out in about two hours, with the most popular items being coffee, produce and baked goods.