In another step to help vendors connect with customers, the Downtown Farmers’ Market will begin a drive-thru option next weekend. The Drive-Through Bite-Size Market will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. each Saturday from Aug. 8 through Oct. 31 at the state Capitol complex. The market canceled its live market this spring because of concerns of being able to follow social distancing guidelines and keep vendors and customers safe as the coronavirus spread. The market draws 25,000 people and supports up to 300 vendors each Saturday May through October. Earlier this year, the farmers market hosted virtual market meet-ups, where vendors and customers could connect. It transitioned to an online option where customers could order directly from the vendor and arrange delivery. The drive-thru market will allow customers to preorder products and pick them up the following Saturday. They can also purchase items on-site, but remain in their vehicles. All vendors and staff will be required to wear masks. “During this pandemic, it continues to be important to find a safe way to provide community members Downtown Farmers’ Market food and products,” said Kelly Foss, director of the market. Many vendors have products available through the Downtown Farmers’ Marketplace Online. The Drive-Through Online Marketplace virtual system will be released soon.