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The modified Brookfield Farmers Market opened on June 6, with volunteers passing out masks to shoppers who needed them and counting people in and out of the market to ensure social distancing was practiced throughout the day.

“We had a great first market with 14 vendors participating and about 1,078 patrons visiting,” said Brookfield Farmers Market Manager Sarah Thomas.

A nearby Black Lives Matter protest drove additional foot traffic to the market, where shoppers had the opportunity to purchase farm fresh eggs, handmade soap, garden plants, pickles, produce and baked goods.

Organized in a tight loop next to the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., foot traffic flowed in one direction, vendors and shoppers wore masks and four-legged friends, except for service dogs, were not allowed to visit the market.

“We love having dogs at the market,” said Thomas. “To be in compliance with COVID-related guidelines, we cannot have them inside the market this year.”

All adaptations were successfully implemented to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Brookfield Farmers Market aims to maintain support local farmers and artisans while keeping the community safe.

According to their website, 16 vendors are scheduled to attend the June 13 market including Saad’s Bees, The Cheese People and Wally’s Waffles. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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