Pikesville Farmers Market: Opening Day is May 5, 2020
COVID-19 & THE PIKESVILLE FARMERS MARKET
Our 2020 market is currently scheduled to open May 5. Our Chamber is closely monitoring how COVID-19 is affecting our local community. We will post updates on our website, as well as on our farmers market Facebook page, should the situation change and delay our opening date.
Our first priority is supporting a healthy community and slowing the transmission of COVID-19, while ensuring that our community has access to fresh local produce from our farmers.
In light of Governor Larry Hogan’s recent actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Maryland Department of Agriculture is directing farmers markets to make their own decisions on whether to remain open or suspend activity on a case-by-case basis. MDA understands that farmers markets are an important source of nutrition for many Marylanders, including those located in food deserts and individuals relying on SNAP benefits. If your market is planning to remain open, we urge you to provide ample access to hand sanitizer/handwashing stations and have a plan in place to promote social distancing among patrons and vendors.
For more information on COVID-19 and Maryland Farmers Markets, please visit the Maryland Farmers Market Association.
Health Guidelines for Visiting the Farmers Market Spring 2020
The CDC guidelines for staying healthy during the novel coronavirus crisis also apply to visiting the Pikesville Farmers Market. We must abide by these guidelines to eliminate potential COVID-19 transmission and in order to stay open.
These steps apply to vendors, managers, and shoppers:
- Follow simple CDC rules for washing hands and not touching your face.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance from one another.
- Be patient with one another and vendors with lines due to distancing.
- If at all possible, leave your children at home and if you cannot, ask a friend if they can shop for you.
- Enter from the North and South sides of the market ONLY. Avoid gathering and congregating.
- Sanitize hands coming into the market and frequently while shopping.
- Absolutely no physical contact in the market (handshakes, hugs, etc).
- Know what you want to get before you arrive. For your own health, do not linger at the market. Leave as soon as you have what you need.
- Do not touch products & produce unless you intend to purchase them.
- Please bag your own produce after purchase.
- If you sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or your elbow.
- Wash all produce thoroughly before eating it.
- If you are feeling sick, stay home.
- Vendors and customers are not allowed to occupy the 5-foot spaces maintained between booths.
- Are you a senior citizen or considered at a higher risk for contracting coronavirus? If you sell at a crowded market, please find somebody else to sell on your behalf. If you shop at a market that tends to be crowded, arrive early before the crowds form or consider skipping the market altogether. Consider asking a friend to shop for you. -Adapted from the Maryland Farmers Market Association
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