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Eugene markets navigate during pandemic, bring holiday spirit

“These are your friends and your neighbors,” Roy said. “These are the people that pay into your economy. It's always a good idea to shop local. It saves the world, especially during the pandemic.”

Posted: Nov 22, 2020 4:03 PM

Markets in Eugene are helping bring the holiday spirit to the community, while encouraging everyone to shop local.

The Eugene Saturday Market kicked off its opening day of the Holiday Market on the Park Blocks Saturday.

Over 100 booths were set up by local vendors selling a variety of handmade items.

During a typical season, the park blocks allow for 260 booths, but that number was reduced to keep everyone spread out.

Vanessa Roy is the Marketing Manager for the Eugene Saturday Market.

“These are your friends and your neighbors,” Roy said. “These are the people that pay into your economy. It's always a good idea to shop local. It saves the world, especially during the pandemic.”

The Holiday Market on the Park Blocks is open every Saturday, rain or shine. It’s located in downtown Eugene at 8th Ave. and Oak St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will run until December 19.

For the last 35 years, the Holiday Market took place in the Lane Events Center. They took a poll this year, and members felt safer in the open air.

Prior to 1985, the market was held outdoors. They're returning to their roots this year.

The Holiday Market also has an International Food Court that sells items for takeout only, but there will be no seating or live music this year.

“I want people to feel safe,” Roy said. “I want people to wear masks. I want people to understand that we are all wearing masks for both ourselves and for you. We have not had a single case of COVID come to our membership or our staff. That includes the Lane County Farmers Market. We have been selling all season like this.”

The Lane County Farmers Market has extended their outdoor season for the holidays.

The Holiday Farmers Market welcomes 35 farmers and vendors, selling all locally-grown items.

Fresh produce is available, and the Market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

They’re open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through December 19. You can find the market at the corner of 8th Ave. and Oak St. in downtown Eugene.

Throughout both markets, signs are marked clearly stating the requirement of a face covering and to keep at least six feet of distance from one another.

Free face coverings are available at the Farmers Market Info Booth.

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