The Alexandria Farmers Market is set to open on Saturday, May 9, but organizers are asking customers to follow a few guidelines.
If you have a mask, wear it. The group would also like to have only one customer at a booth at a time. In addition, they ask that everyone practice social distancing, keeping at least six feet between shoppers.
Products purchased at the market are not to be eaten on site and are meant to be to-go items only at this time.
According to the Alexandria Farmers Market Facebook page, here are some of the other guidelines that will be in place until further notice.
Have only one family member do the shopping.
Avoid gathering at any location. Keep moving throughout the market.
Avoid handling any items unless you are purchasing. Use your eyes to inspect, not your hands.
When using personal protective equipment such as gloves, wipes or face coverings, please discard responsibly.
Be patient and follow individual market policies and instructions.
Watch flow of market, enter and exit at only marked locations.
If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
Consider having smaller dollar amounts to limit money exchange. Or round up if you are able – the farmers will appreciate it.
Some vendors are only set up to accept cash, while other vendors may only accept electronic payments this year. Be prepared for both.
Look for instructions posted around the market.
Machine wash your bags between each shopping trip. Check market requirements on reusable bags.
Be patient and allow additional time to shop or wait in line. Expect delays.
The Alexandria Farmers Market, located along 2nd Avenue in Big Ole Central Park, will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursdays (beginning June 25) from 3 to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays (beginning June 30) from 9 a.m. to noon.
For more information, go to the Alexandria Farmers Market Facebook page, facebook.com/alexandriafarmersmkt.