When it comes to a farmers market, certain things are required, namely fresh produce, crafts, art, and entertainment. Effective immediately at Grand Junction's market, something else will be considered mandatory.

Grand Junction's weekly farmers market, the Market on Main, has returned home to Main Street. With the event back on Main, organizers can no longer guarantee social distancing standards. As a result, starting Thursday, August 20, masks will be required upon entry. This applies not only to patrons, but vendors and staff as well.

Staff with Downtown Grand Junction consulted with Mesa County Public Health in the matter of social distancing practices. In recent weeks organizers have witnessed an increase in visitors to the weekly market. As a result, organizers feel they can no longer guarantee social distancing standards.

Most people agree; it's a good thing to see the market back home on Main Street. Personally, I thought the city did an excellent job with the temporary location at the Grand Junction Convention Center. It was smartly designed and well organized, resulting in a smooth flow of pedestrians through the various corridors of the market. As good as it was, it wasn't nearly as enjoyable as the Main Street location.

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This Thursday is going to be toasty. Thursday looks to be the hottest day of the week with a temperature of 100. Between the heat and the mask, you'll need chances to catch your breath and cool down. Dress properly and be sure to hydrate.

Kids are back in school and the market is back on Main Street. Almost seems like old times, doesn't it? For the moment, though, some requirements remain in place. When it comes to the Market on Main, those requirements include masks. See you Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Main Street between 4th and 5th Street for the Market on Main.