Safe Shopping at the Market
‘Tis the season for fresh fruits and veggies!
Spring has arrived and with it, the opening of our local farmer’s market. Fresh produce is important for our health and well being. Our farmer’s market is an important food source and permitted to be open during COVID-19. We have taken necessary precautions to ensure the market is safe and compliant with local and state laws concerning COVID-19 in order to bring you the safest service possible! However, we must all do our part to stay safe and healthy. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping at your local farmer’s market.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands thoroughly before entering the market. Use soap and warm water, scrubbing your hands for at least twenty seconds. Hand washing stations are located on site for your convenience. If you are wearing gloves we recommend using a new, clean pair upon entering the market and disposing of them on your way out.
Remain a safe distance away from other shoppers at all times. The CDC recommends staying a distance of six feet apart, whether you are browsing or waiting in line to purchase produce. Be mindful of your surroundings. Visit the CDC’s website for more safety tips and precautions you can take while running errands.
Adhere to Safety Signs
Signs located throughout the market must be followed. These signs include, but are not limited to: Entrance and exit, social distancing, food safety, and handwashing signs. Vendors may have their own policies and guidelines, so be sure to respect their safety signs as well. Some areas of the market may be restricted at this time. If you have any questions or are unsure of any procedures ask a staff member that is present or call our extension office at 252-527-2191.
Produce should always be rinsed thoroughly before consumption. Do not wash produce with soap or disinfectants. Produce has not been associated as a risk for spreading COVID-19, since it appears to be an airborne virus. That being said, be cautious and respectful of others by only touching what you are planning on buying.
If Sick Stay Home
If you are not feeling well stay home! Please do not shop if you are sick. You could be putting others at risk.
Together, we can make our farmer’s market a safe place to shop!