Aitkin Farmers’ Market adds drive-through option

Allison Rian delivers an order to a waiting vehicle at the the drive-through site for Aitkin Farmers’ Market at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, as Jane Jewett helps assemble orders.

Like other businesses, the Aitkin Farmers’ Market is adapting to social distancing recommendations.

The market opened a drive-through option for clients who do not want to get out of their cars to shop for local produce.

Allison Rian has taken on the role of coordinator of the Farmers’ Market Food Hub aggregation project coordinator for Aitkin. Rian arranged with First Lutheran Church in Aitkin to have the market operate on Tuesday evenings in that location, in addition to the Saturday morning market in Aitkin’s Downtown Market Square on 3rd St. NW. at Minnesota Ave.

Customers of the drive-through market have the option of viewing local produce, meats and crafts online, selecting the items they wish to purchase, and paying in advance with a credit or debit card.  Rian then compiles the orders into one tote, which the customer can pick up at the drive through.

Customers using SNAP (food assistance) electronic benefit cards will have the option of paying at the market.  Volunteers from Riverwood Healthcare Center will be helping operate the card reader at the First Lutheran location.

The drive-through market is open from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesdays for pickup.

Ordering online is open all week, closing at 9 p.m. Sunday for the Tuesday pickup.

The online ordering platform can be accessed at localline.ca/aitkin-farmers-market.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the drive through option.

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