The popular, weekly Oswego Country Market will return to the village's downtown this summer with some changes because of the pandemic.
Oswegoland Park District officials confirmed in a recent statement that they are moving forward with plans to host the market in downtown Oswego from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays between June 28 and Oct. 18.
"Farmers markets are essential during this time, and market staff are committed to the tradition of bringing great products and services to the community," cultural arts supervisor Cori Veverka said in the statement.
The market has attracted numerous area residents and vendors to the village's downtown every summer Sunday for the past several years.
Following guidance provided by the Illinois Farmers Market Association and the Kendall County Health Department, the Country Market will make a temporary shift toward a transactional setup that complies with social-distancing protocols, and follows the in-and-out style adapted this season by many markets, Veverka said.
According to the statement, changes include a new layout with a designated entrance and exit that will establish a one-way flow of pedestrian traffic through the market; and the opening up of additional parking near the market. The new footprint will accommodate greater spacing between booths for social distancing.
New vendor and customer protocols will be put in place to help provide the "safest possible experience" for market patrons, the statement continued.
The Country Market team also is developing a new process for creating weekly bundles of products that can be pre-ordered and picked up curbside for patrons who do not want to walk through the market.
"As we navigate through the upcoming weeks, the market team will be sure to modify and adapt plans as necessary," the statement read. "For almost two decades, the Oswego Country Market has been an important part of summer in our community, and that will continue this year."