OP Farmers Market to start drive-thru style

Local businesses will sell food in a new way
Posted at 6:51 AM, Apr 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 08:47:25-04

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Overland Park Farmers Market is starting up for the season, but in a new way.

Because of coronavirus, the previous location downtown wouldn't work. The area isn't large enough to accommodate people staying six feet apart. So organizers have relocated the market to the Overland Park Convention Center parking lot.

It will now be drive-thru style, instead of people walking up to vendors.

You will drive up to get in line and when you see your vendor you want to buy from, you just roll down your window and order.

Organizers said the reason they wanted to try to keep this going is because people rely on these small businesses to provide produce and essential food for their family.

"The market is an essential food service," said Meg Ralph, Digital Communications Supervisor City of Overland Park. "You can still get all the fresh fruit, produce and local meats and cheeses that you would typically get at the grocery store. You can do that in an open market setting, support local vendors, support the community."

The farmers market starts at 8 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.

Organizers said vendors will be wearing masks and gloves. They ask customers to do the same.