Having a hard time keeping up with all the health-conscious guidelines of your grocery store while navigating the aisles with fellow socially distanced shoppers? Skip the stress and pre-order your fresh produce through Bellevue Farmers Market’s new drive-through/pickup service starting in May.
The Market will be set up at its usual location, the parking lot of the Bellevue Presbyterian Church, from 3-6 p.m. on specified market days, people can pick up their pre-ordered market boxes. The first round of pickup days will be May 14, 21, and 28, with more dates to follow — visit its website for additional details as well as its FAQ page. As this program is just starting, the initial quantities of market boxes are limited, but as more people participate and show interest in this program, it has an opportunity to grow.
Each BFM Box will have a variety of in-season vegetables and fruit for a household of two to four people, all sourced from regional farms ($50 per box), with an option to add fresh eggs or bouquets of flowers. There are plans to offer pre-orders from specific farmers as the program expands. The innovation of a drive-thru farmers market is one way of prioritizing the safety of everyone through minimal-contact shopping, while continuing to support our local farms and food systems.
A helpful What to Expect page is a good primer to read prior to your pick-up date, as it lists recommended preparations for receiving your order and a handy map to show how the market will be directing the flow of vehicles through the parking lot.