Farmers Appreciation Week during the pandemic

Cape Girardeau Riverfront Market sees changes in 2021

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Farmers markets are a good way to support your local farmers during Farmer Appreciation Week.

In the age of COVID-19, the Cape Riverfront Market will be making some changes when it reopens.

“We hope to return to normalcy, but we don’t know what’s in store in the future.”

With new improvements coming to the Cape Riverfront Market this season, Market Manager Julia Thompson said this year, customers will see changes including the closure of South Spanish Street, a safer environment and more vendors.

“We hope to increase the number of vendors since we have that more street space. We’ve been having an influx of applications and more vendors being interested, so we hope to expand and grow on that. And create more awareness and get more people downtown as we can.”

She said the hard work and effort of today’s farmers is just one of the reasons they deserve your support.

“If you could just get downtown, buy their produce; one, it tastes better personally. So fresh, and you know where it’s coming from. So, if anyone could just go to our farmers market every Saturday and try and get their produce from them. I know that it, in turn, comes back into our community and just the importance of shopping local and supporting these vendors.”

That’s why she feels today’s farmers deserve recognition.

“I think it’s really important to appreciate them, because they have the produce, which they bring to our community, which then we have the platform to sell it. So, it’s all just one big circle of us supporting local farmers, the farmers coming to our community brings fresh local produce to downtown Cape Girardeau.”

The Riverfront Market looks forward to seeing the community’s continued support of local farmers. This year’s market reopens on Saturday, May 1 through October 30 from 8 a.m. to noon.

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