Events synonymous with summer in downtown Appleton will go on — although a little bit later and with some changes for the sake of health and safety.
Appleton Downtown Inc. announced today that the Downtown Appleton Farm Market will open in 2020 in spite of pandemic concerns. The Heid Music Summer Concert Series will also happen, although it’ll start online and eventually open to audiences as public health concerns dissipate.
The farm market typically opens the week after the Flag Day Parade — an event that isn’t happening this year due to Covid-19 concerns.
This year’s market will open on July 4 and will run on Saturday mornings through Halloween.
The 2-week delay in the start of the Farm Market here in Downtown Appleton will allow us to make sure we have adequate time to put new regulations and safety measures into action,” said Jennifer Stephany, executive director of Appleton Downtown Inc.
It’ll have a bit of a different layout.
The market will still run four blocks, however they’ll have fewer vendors to allow for safe spacing.
Health was a considerable concern and in considering the farm market, that aspect went beyond pandemic considerations. Officials viewed it important to provide the city with access to fresh, locally grown produce.
“Fruits and vegetables that are grown locally and eaten soon after harvesting retain more of their nutrients than those that are shipped from further locations and sit on supermarket shelves for long periods of time,” says Kurt Eggebrecht, City of Appleton Health Officer.
The Heid Music Summer Concert Series will begin a month later than typical, running Thursday evenings from July 2 through Sept. 24. It’ll feature 13 shows. Artists will be announced at a later date.
The initial shows will be live streamed from Appleton’s OuterEdge Stage. As restrictions are lifted, small audiences will be allowed in the facility to enjoy the music in person. The final phase calls for moving the series to Jones Park for concerts at the amphitheater.“We won’t sacrifice live music,” Stephany said. “We are just adapting to provide it in a safe manner for all.”