Coronavirus response varied among Kansas farmers markets

A popular farmer's market in Wichita is set to open Saturday, but officials in one Kansas City suburb have postponed their farmer's market amid concerns about the coronavirus.

Like grocery stores, farmers markets have been described in stay-at-home orders as “essential businesses” that can continue to operate.

In the northwest part of Wichita at 21st & Ridge, the Kansas Grown Farmers Market Board decided to proceed with extra safeguards in place. Tricia Holmes, the president of the market's board, said April isn't as busy for the market. 

But city officials in Overland Park announced the markets’ postponed opening on Tuesday under pressure from the public, the Kansas City Star reported. The city had been planning to open the market for the season on Saturday, even as other Johnson County cities decided to postpone their own markets.

An Overland Park city spokesman said the farmers market will open after Kansas’ stay-at-home order is lifted.