Welcome to Tuesday Farmers Market

2020 Farmers Market Setup for Social Distancing

Layout of Social Distancing

Covid-19

Social Distancing at the Farmers Market

1.  Wait in the "on deck" (view pdf file above) circle until there is no one at the table

2.  Walk to the table in the "enter" lane (green arrow)

3.  Do not touch the product; if you want to look at something more closely, ask the vendor

4.  Tell the vendor what you want - he/she will bag it and set it on the table

5.  Lay your form of payment on the table for the vendor to pick up

6.  If you have change or a credit card to pick up, the vendor will lay it on the table

7.  Leave in the "exit" lane (red arrow)

8.  If you want to visit another vendor, go to their "on deck" circle and follow the same procedure

The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries Guidelines

The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries has worked on a set of guidelines that we believe will be in the best interest of our markets, their farmers and consumers. These are based on the potential risks associated with COVID-19 and its impact on health and the economic well-being of our farmers.

MARKET OPERATING GUIDELINES DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK:

  • Farmers, vendors and market staff should wear food grade gloves, with frequent changes as they become soiled or contaminated.
  • Increase the numbers of handwashing stations available within the market, along      with signage to encourage customers to frequently wash their hands.
  • Encourage farmers to bring handwashing supplies and hand sanitizers for frequent use within their own booth space.
  • Limit bare hand contact. No handshaking, no hugs. To the extent possible, limit  customer handling of food products.
  • Segregate duties behind market tables. Designate one individual to handle money, tokens and coupons, while others handle the products being sold. Again, wear food grade gloves with frequent changes.
  • All foods should be pre-packaged to eliminate potential contamination at the market. Examples would be prepackaging breads and baked goods. 
  • Farmers and vendors who are ill, or showing signs of illness, should stay home.  Send a replacement to sell if they are not sick. If anyone within the farm business is confirmed infected with Covid-19, notify the manager and      remain home.
  • Farmers should be watchful of signs of illness in customers, removing all products they may have touched from their sales tables. Do not remove with bare hands.
  • Suspend cooking demonstrations and sampling.
  • Institute 6-10 feet of space between vendor booths where possible.
  • No dogs are allowed at the farmers’ market unless they are service dogs as defined as follows: Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an      individual with a disability.  The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. (emotional support dogs do not qualify).

MARKET CUSTOMER BEST PRACTICES DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK: 

We encourage everyone who is healthy and feels safe to visit our farmers’ markets in order to procure healthy, local food from area farmers, ranchers and small businesses. But we ask that you follow these strict guidelines:

  • Please be patient and follow new market rules during this time. 
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds upon arrival at the market and frequently as you  move throughout the space. We will have an increased number of handwashing      stations and hand sanitizer and all vendors are required to display handsanitizer in each booth.
  • Do  not congregate between booths or in walkways. 
  • Maintain at least an arm’s length distance between other shoppers and vendors, especially while you are waiting in line.
  • Do NOT greet anyone at the market with hugs or handshakes.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • No hand-to-hand contact will be allowed between vendors and shoppers. Point to the product that you would like, allow the vendor to bag it and set it down on the table before you pick it up.
  • Do not hand vendors payments directly. Place cash and credit cards on the table for vendors to pick up. Use Apple Pay or Venmo when available. If  you are able, we encourage you to set up Apple Pay or Venmo on your      smartphone before you arrive and use this as a payment method. If you do      use this method of payment, please sanitize your phone before you arrive and after you leave the market.
  • Anyone  who is feeling unwell in any way should stay home.
  • Any shopper who is at a higher risk, including individuals who are over 65 and/or with underlying health conditions, should stay home.
  • Please  refrain from bringing your dogs to the market during this time.

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Our Market

Our market is held June 2nd through September 1st of each Tuesday from 3:30 - 6:30 on the lawn of the

 First Baptist Church of Meridianville located at 

175 Monroe Road, Meridianville, AL  35759.  We will be back the following year, usually in June.

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Our Community

We enjoy bringing local products to the Merdianville and surrounding communities.  When you purchase from our vendors, you know where and how the food/product was grown/fed/fertilized/processed.    

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Our Policy

We strive to host a family-friendly market.  Children are always welcome.  We ask that patrons refrain from smoking in the market area.  Dogs are welcome; we request their "parents" keep them on a leash and clean up after them.    

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We are now members of Sweet Grown Alabama!

Welcome

Sweet Grown Alabama is developing a database where Alabamians can locate their Local Farmers for Alabama-grown foods and other agricultural products. 

What's in Season

Go to the following website to find out when your favorite veggies and fruits are in season:  https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide

Enter Each Week To Be One of Our Weekly Market Bag Winners!

Just For Kids!

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