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Popular Farmers' Market Remains On Hold


       In an order issued in late April, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reiterated that farmers’ markets are considered an essential business, and just like grocery stores, should be permitted to open with precautions.

    But at a time of year when outdoor markets and farm stands would begin to bustle, many remain closed.

    One of the popular markets that has yet to open for the season is the Farmers’ Market at Forest Park in Springfield.  

   The city’s parks director Patrick Sullivan said Monday the details about how the market will operate are still being discussed.

   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Belle Rita Novak, the longtime market manager.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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