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Mar. 25 Even though the latest emergency declaration states that the County’s definition of essential businesses supersedes the city’s the city of Gainesville continues to not allow the Union Street Farmers Market to set up on any city property. Alachua County has generously offered the market the use of the lawn around the County Administration building for farmers to set up and sell on Wednesdays during our regular market hours, but arrangements have not been finalized in time for this week’s market. Therefore the market will be closed one more week to finish setting up a way for farmers and small business to have an outlet to help them survive the current economic climate. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause our customers, but at the moment this is the best solution we can come up with until the city comes to its senses and begins to support farmers and small businesses again during these trying times. Here is what you would have found at the market this week. Strawberries continue their seasonal abundance. Broccoli and cauliflower are prolific. Multiple types and colors of Pak Choi are adding to the Asian greens. Mizuna and curly mustards are coming in. Cabbage is in full season. Cut flower bouquets and single stem sunflowers are available as well as edible flowers. Salad mix, lettuce and arugula are prolific. Fennel, parsley and cilantro are available each week. Beans continue to be harvested. Radishes and turnips are abundant. Eggplant is still accessible. Summer type squash is available along with butternut and other winter squashes. Leeks, scallions, and Florida Sweet onions are being offered. Root crops such as ginger and turmeric remain prolific. Collards continue to yield. Green, blue lacinato and red Russian kale are in season.  Sweet potatoes and sweet potato greens are abundant. Oyster mushrooms are readily available. Organic cherry and plum tomatoes are in season as well as multiple varieties of greenhouse tomatoes. Micro greens are offered every week. You will also find local honey. Organic coffee and fine baked goods are available. Tempeh is offered each week. Cucumbers fresh and pickled are available. Peppers-both sweet and spicy- are abundant. Potatoes are being offered in multiple colors. Grass fed beef, pork and chicken as well as seafood are offered every Wednesday. An ever increasing variety of vegan prepared foods is also available. Fresh lemonade, ice cream, and kombucha are served each week along with a wide variety of prepared foods. Music would have featured Alli Wodar at 4:00 Don Austin at 5:00 and The INspiration at 6:15.