Our farmers’ markets are a very important part of our local, healthy food system here in NC – as important to our customers as our local grocery stores. In this light, our plans remain unchanged, even though governor Cooper has wisely implemented a “stay-at-home” order for our state. We look forward to serving our farmers and customers by providing fresh, healthy produce and locally-made items to all of you during this uncertain time.
We are paying close attention to developments and recommendations concerning COVID-19 and will be practicing social distancing and other protective measures. We are committed to serving our farmers and community as long as it is safe to do so and will keep you posted if we need to make any changes to the schedule.
Here is a list of suggested good practices that we ask of our farmers and customers to help us all have a safer farmers’ market experience:
- The market will temporarily forego any taste-testing or product sampling.
- Please allow vendors to serve customers one-at-a-time and avoid crowds or lines at vendor tables. If someone is already with the vendor you would like to visit, please hang back, or visit another vendor for a few minutes.
- Please avoid handling produce that you don’t plan to purchase. When you would like to purchase something, please point it out and have the vendor bag it for you.
- If paying with cash, offering exact dollar amounts will be best – minimizing the exchange of cash back to the customer. Paying with a debit/credit card would be best overall. Vendors may choose to only accept debit/credit.
- As much as we are looking forward to seeing you, please stay home if you feel unwell. We will enjoy seeing you when you feel better!
We have a great lineup of special market events planned for 2020, but will be cancelling our nearest upcoming events, the Spring Plant Sale and Spring Vendorpalooza. We will make decisions regarding summer events as the dates draw closer.
Many of our vendors will still be at market selling plants, along with the rest of the produce. Check out our Vendor Produce List each week to see what plants are available at market for your projects at home.