The Carmel Farmers Market extended its season to operate on a week-by-week basis from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Carter Green, formerly known as Center Green. Approximately 20 vendors will be set up at the market with special precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Over the past three weeks, we have had numerous comments from our shoppers regarding how thankful they are that the market has been open so they could obtain eggs, meat, poultry, bread and other essentials to maintain a healthy diet,” the board posted in an online announcement.
According to market President Ron Carter, the Carmel Farmers Market also has helped provide a crucial place for vendors to sell their products.
“We have one vendor who has 3,000 laying hens,” Carter said. “Just because of social distancing, those hens have not stopped laying. The vegetables have not stopped growing. It hurts us to throw product away.”
The crisis, however, has prompted preventive measures. Along with a reduction in vendors and volunteers, the market will not feature any music or entertainment. There will be no tables or chairs, public restroom access, ATM service or prepared food on the premises. The market will enforce a strict policy in which shoppers are asked to pay for the products they touch.
Carter said the market will remain open for the foreseeable future. The summer market is set to launch May 2 at Carter Green, with measures in place to promote social distancing.
“Farmers markets are essential businesses. From a standpoint of delivery, people have to eat,” Carter said. “As long as supermarkets are open, we will keep the farmers market open.”
For updates and additional information, visit carmelfarmersmarket.com/wm-home.