It’s Farmers Market Time: Shop Safe, Support Local, Be Healthy!
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Farmers Markets are essential to our local food system and fortunately for the community several Henderson County markets are already open or scheduled to open for business in the coming weeks. Local farmers markets are one of the best places for local food enthusiasts to purchase the freshest possible products straight from the folks that grow and produce them. These area markets will be providing the same quality products, as always, but the layout and culture will look a little different. The markets have been working tirelessly to implement new protocols to keep customers and the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers can expect the following policies:
- Maintaining 6 ft of social distancing at all times and increased distance between vendor booths.
- One customer at a time at each vendor table. Maintain 6 ft between each waiting customer.
- Vendors will be wearing face masks, which were provided by the market managers, courtesy of the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center.
- Product sampling is not allowed at the market.
- Customers should not handle any items at a vendors table, but instead, point to the item they wish to purchase and ask the vendor for assistance.
- Bring plenty of different denominations to the market to avoid the need to make change.
- Hand sanitizer will be available for both vendors and customers.
This week customers can expect to find lots of locally produced spring vegetables such as: asparagus, lettuce, kale, onions, radishes, local eggs, meat, and plant starts. Pick-up your weekly groceries from one of the various Henderson County farmers markets listed below:
Henderson County Tailgate Market: Open Saturdays from 8 a.m.–noon April through October. Located at 100 N. King St. in downtown Hendersonville. All produce and products are Henderson County grown/made. The market will also be celebrating its 41st year this season.
Flat Rock Farmers Market: Open Thursdays from 3–6 p.m. May through October. Opening day is scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2020. Located at the Pinecrest ARP Church parking lot, 1790 Greenville Hwy. Check the weekly offerings and updates:
Mills River Farmer Market: Open Saturdays from 8 a.m.–noon May through October. Opening day is Saturday, May 16, 2020. Location to be determined so check their Facebook page below for updates. Accepts SNAP/EBT, Debit and Credit. The market hosts educational cooking demonstrations at their mobile kitchen in addition to the very popular kid’s activities.
Hendersonville Farmers Market: Open Saturdays from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. June through October. Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2020. Located at the Historic Train Depot, 650 Maple St. Hendersonville. Accepts SNAP/EBT, Debit, and Credit.
Come out and stock up on fresh, local food in a safe shopping environment. Social distancing, masks, and other precautions are encouraged for all vendors and customers. Shop safe, support local, be healthy!