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Princeton Farmers Market to open May 23 in new location

Board approves its move to Soldiers and Sailors Park

Angela Owens (right) of Tiskilwa buys tomato plants from Dennis Zehr (left) of Coneflower Farm last June at the Princeton Farmers Market. Formerly located at 439 S. Main St., the farmers market will move to Soldiers and Sailors Park after the Bureau County Board approved the request this week.
Angela Owens (right) of Tiskilwa buys tomato plants from Dennis Zehr (left) of Coneflower Farm last June at the Princeton Farmers Market. Formerly located at 439 S. Main St., the farmers market will move to Soldiers and Sailors Park after the Bureau County Board approved the request this week.

PRINCETON — The Princeton Farmers Market is moving to Soldiers and Sailors Park this year.

The market will be held Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market opens next Saturday, May 23.

The Bureau County Board on Tuesday approved moving the market to the park.

The market is under new direction this year. Becca Turpen has been put in charge of the summer event.

“We are very excited to have this new location. We hope to see new and returning faces,” she said.

With the current situation the world is under, Turpen said the farmers market will be following CDC guidelines, as well as recommendations from state and local health departments to keep vendors and customers safe.

The guidelines are:

• Maintain a six-foot-distance between others at the market.

• If feeling sick, stay home.

• The farmers market is not a family event. Limit attendance to one member per household.

• Use credit and debit cards for purchase. If cash is used, do not expect change.

• Do not pick up any products or produce at vendor stands. Ask staff to help. If using a reusable bag, the shopper will need to place purchases in the bag themselves. It will not be filled by vendors. At home, regularly wash reusable bags.

• If needing to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue and immediately dispose of it or into the crease of your elbow.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Thoroughly wash hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds.

• If hand washing is not available, use a CDC-approved hand sanitizer, either 60 percent ethanol or 70 percent isopropanol.

• At home, wash all products thoroughly before using.

The guidelines will be posted at every vendor booth along with hand sanitizer.

“We appreciate the continuous support from the community,” Turpen said. “We ask that everyone is kind and patient with us while adjustment to the new guidelines.”

For updates on the market, follow the Princeton Farmers Market Facebook page.

On another note, the Bureau County Board also approved the use of Soldiers and Sailors Park for the Bureau County Homestead Festival on Sept. 11-13, and for community band concerts on Sundays starting in July.

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