Press release from Paul Jones, public information officer:
Three state-operated Farmers Markets will be closed April 12 for Easter Sunday. Those include the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, the Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax, and the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville. The markets will re-open on Monday, April 13.
The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market currently operates on its winter schedule and is not open on Sundays or Mondays.
“Shoppers looking for fresh produce and meats are encouraged to shop earlier in the week to avoid busier weekend days,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “While at the market, we ask that visitors follow the proper social distancing guidelines of six feet between themselves and others at all times. Now is the time everyone needs to be extra mindful of distancing, thorough handwashing and staying at home except to purchase necessities.”
Tips for shopping at farmers markets during this time of restricted movement:
- Plan to shop on a lower-traffic day and not the weekends. There is a good selection of seasonal items throughout the week. Fewer people shopping helps increases the distance between people.
- Come to the market with a purpose. Bring a shopping list to be sure you get what you need.
- If your favorite vendor offers curbside service, make use of this service. Curbside pick-up reduces foot traffic at the market and contact with others.
- Don’t hang out at a stand after your purchase. This opens up space for the next shopper.
- Designate a shopper for your family and do not bring everyone to the market. Once this pandemic is under control, we will look forward to activities returning to normal. Right now, shopping should be viewed as a necessity.
- Be mindful and courteous of other shoppers. Keep your distance while waiting to make a purchase. Remember, six feet is equal to two yard sticks lined up end to end.