The Magnolia Farmers Market will not be opening this summer, after all.

Market manager Shane Clyburn confirmed Thursday that Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets staff decided to suspend the Magnolia market, along with the Lake City and Phinney markets, for the 2020 season. Magnolia's season was supposed to have opened June 6 and was already delayed once.

“Due to the additional staffing and safety requirements we’ve been subjected to [because of COVID-19], we don’t have the staffing or budget to operate all of our markets this year,” Clyburn said in an email.

Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets is still developing an online pre-order platform, but Clyburn said, at this time, the organization does not have the resources to operate that in Magnolia, either.

“It was a difficult call to make, and we held off making the final decision for awhile, but now that our team has more clarity with the entire situation, we will better be able to focus our energy for the rest of this season so that when all seven of our markets return in 2021, we'll have fresh energy, momentum and a new online platform to support each market moving forward,” Clyburn said in the email.

Currently, the markets in Columbia City, West Seattle and University District are still running. According to the Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets website, the nonprofit organization is working toward reopening the Capitol Hill market.

Clyburn said it was closed because of the protests in the city, and Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets organizers want to ensure vendors and staff feel safe with the Capitol Hill Organized Protest. He said in the email, most staff indicated they feel safe because of the peaceful nature of CHOP, but organizers are fielding questions from vendors and want to be sure that shoppers return when it reopens.

According to its website, Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets has awarded small farms $90,000 in relief grants since May 2020 to help Washington farmers impacted by COVID-19. People can donate to the COVID Resiliency Relief Grants program by going to the Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets website, seattlenfm.org.