OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — With Spring season in full effect, it means the return of farmers markets around the Kansas City area.
The Overland Park Farmers Market started on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at the Matt Ross Community Center.
According to the OP Farmers Market website, vendors will be spaced out in the parking lot for safety reasons regarding COVID-19.
The city also lists that "shoppers and vendors must wear masks or face coverings where guests may be gathered and are unable to maintain six feet of distance."
Last April, the OP Farmers Market shifted to the Overland Park Convention Center parking lot because of COVID-19.
It was a drive-thru style market. People drove up to get in line and when they saw a vendor they wanted to buy from, they would roll down their window and order.
Vendors were able to go back to downtown Overland Park last July.
Cities around the Kansas City area continue to revamp these markets like in Shawnee, where the city will have a Thursday night market.
"Our farmers market is kind of just directly in competition with our surrounding areas. [Merriam, Overland Park.] They have had some really well-established farmers markets for a long time," Julie Breithaupt, communications manager with the City of Shawnee, said. "We just decided we were really trying to draw in more families, make it a family friendly event."
Shawnee's Moonlight Market will happen every third Thursday of the month on the following dates:
- June 17
- July 15
- Aug. 19
- Sept. 16
- Oct. 21
The events will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.