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Whiteaker Community Market meets needs, supports small farms

Face masks are available by donation at the info booth.

Posted: May 3, 2020 5:34 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Farmers markets are considered essential services, and operators have been taking precautions to remain open and make the community feel safe while shopping.

Sunday was opening day for the Whiteaker Community Market’s farm stand. The market is now in its fifth market season and launched in 2016.

“We are a market of small vendors who are just getting started in their business and need a supportive environment to learn how to run their small business,” Claire Schechtman, market director, said. “We’re a mix of farmers, makers and artists. Everything you can think of you can find at the Whiteaker Community Market.”

The market is typically at Scobert Park on 4th and Blair.

“Last year, we moved there and we closed down the street,” Schechtman said. “It was really lovely to have a pedestrian only space for people to walk through and shop and gather and spend time in the park.”

Operations for the market are looking much different with COVID-19 precautions, and face masks are available by donation at the info booth.

“We support farmers who aren’t at other farmers markets, so we are able to support those small farms,” Schechtman said. “There is a huge need for fresh produce in our neighborhood. We are super grateful for the grocery stores here to be open, and we think we can add a lot more in terms of really fresh and really local produce in the neighborhood.

The Whiteaker Community Market accept SNAP benefits and offers double-up food bucks, a snap match program. This is only for farmers markets and offered to all customers who use SNAP benefits.

The market is currently open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Equiano Coffee Shop at 3rd and Blair Blvd, where they will be located until they transition to their original location.

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