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Spring Valley farmers market a go

Mayor Walt Marini
Mayor Walt Marini

SPRING VALLEY — As summer approaches, the Spring Valley City Council is planning, as much as possible, which activities will be happening during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Economic Director Debb Ladgenski gauged the feelings of aldermen about the upcoming farmers market, whether it’s a go or a no, and they unanimously supported it under the proposed guidelines.

Ladgenski said the market will be food vendors only. Sorry, crafters, at this point, no handmade goods will appear.

Ladgenski is in the process of reaching out to vendors in anticipation of possibly starting up the third week in June, the earliest most produce is ready for the markets.

Mayor Walt Marini pointed out that the Reopen Illinois guidelines suggest the state will be in a better position to support such commerce by the end of June.

“We should be moving into the next phase by then, so I don’ t have a problem with that,” he said.

“I think it’s a lot healthier being outside than walking around the grocery store,” alderman Ed Jauch said in support of the idea.

Alderman Dave Pellegrini said his concern is that “people are taking sides more and more” in the midst of the shutdown, and he’s concerned that such polarization is increasingly putting law enforcement in the middle of the argument.

Ladgenski said there will be strict guidelines in place, and they will be enforced to keep the market running smoothly.

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