DOWNERS GROVE - Since the mid-1990s, the Indian Boundary YMCA along with the village of Downers Grove has jointly sponsored the Downtown Downers Grove Market.
A group of Indian Boundary YMCA volunteers work each year to recruit vendors, staff the market and work the YMCA information booth. Proceeds from booth sales help the YMCA enhance existing programs and offer financial assistance to children and families in need so they can participate in Y activities. Last year more than 3,300 people visited the market during peak weeks.
The downtown Downers Grove market has about 30 vendors this year. It is made up of downtown businesses and fresh and organic foods from different farm and specialty vendors.
In response COVID19, the market has transitioned from a social gathering to an “in-and-out” market. The market has also taken the following precautions and guidelines:
• One entrance and exit and directional arrows.
• Fewer vendors and in the beginning only those deemed essential vendors [food and agriculture]. Other vendors have been invited in recent weeks.
• Less vending space to allow social distancing between vendors. The YMCA volunteers will monitor the crowds to help ensure social distancing. There is a maximum capacity that is followed.
• Patrons are not able to touch products and no cash handling.
• You must wear a mask.
• No sampling of products
The market is located at the Downers Grove train station, 5001 Main St., in the parking lot off Burlington Avenue. It runs from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 17. The first 30 minutes is designated for seniors and other high risk individuals.