OPENING DAY is Thursday, May 21 at 4 PM
Bexley (May 5, 2020) - The Bexley Farmers Market is set to open its 10th season on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 4 PM in a new - but temporary - location to accommodate for social distancing and other mitigation efforts as a result of COVID-19. In light of COVID-19 and the ever changing situation, the Bexley Farmers Market is implementing operational changes to ensure the health and safety of its staff, vendors and the community at large. Labeled as “Essential Businesses and Operations” by Governor DeWine’s Stay at Home Order, the Bexley Farmers Market is permitted to open with “...proactive measures to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements.” Working together with the City of Bexley, Mayor Ben Kessler and Capital University, the Bexley Farmers Market will temporarily relocate to a parking lot known as S2 on the campus map, with adjacent parking in S3. Both parking lots are located on Pleasant Ridge Avenue near the intersection with Astor Avenue.
“We want to meet and exceed the needs of our community, while maintaining a safe and responsible marketplace for our farmers and food producers. The parking lot provided by Capital University allows the market to maintain all of its vendors, while simultaneously increasing the amount of space for social distancing,” says Michelle White, Market Manager of the Bexley Farmers Market. This location, and the operational changes and rules, will be in effect through July 31. Mayor, Ben Kessler adds, "The Bexley Farmers Markets provides a vital service to our community, and the City of Bexley is proud to partner with the Bexley Farmers Market and Capital University to ensure a safe, user friendly, and fresh farmers' market for 2020. We think the temporary location will provide a great and safe experience for vendors and customers and be a bright spot during a difficult time for our community." If you choose to visit the Bexley Farmers Market, the market asks you to follow these strict, preventive measures to keep yourself, your farmers and food producers, and your community safe:
If you feel ill or at all unwell, do not attend the market.
Maintain the recommended 6’ social distancing from one another while at the market.
Wear a cloth face covering as recommended by CDC guidelines.
4-4:30 PM is reserved for vulnerable populations including seniors and immunocompromised.
During this time, the market encourages limited use of reusable grocery bags due to uncertainty surrounding surface contamination and life span of the virus. We recommend using plastic, disposable bags during COVID-19.
Send only one member from each household to the market in order to curtail crowds.
Recognize that the market is attempting to limit the number of people in the market space at one time. While you wait for entry, be respectful and allow for safe distancing between you and other customers.
When possible, pre-order directly from farmers and food producers to limit the need to exchange currency onsite.
No pets in the marketplace at this time.
Do not linger or socialize. Purchase what you need and return to your home.
Do not touch any products. When you have identified the product(s) you want to purchase, ask the farmer or food producer to collect and package the goods for you. The Bexley Farmers Market cares deeply about the community it serves, and wishes to continue doing so with added precautions, new procedures and proactive steps to protect market customers, vendors, and staff. During COVID-19, the Bexley Farmers Market will look a little different. As part of our quest to be a food source for our community, we have also implemented the following changes, including, but not limited to:
Limiting the sale of food to whole, uncut produce and packaged food items.
No on-site food preparation or ready-to-eat foods.
No sampling of any food is permitted.
Limiting crowds by staggering entry to provide for social distancing of customers.
Requiring space between vendor stands of at least 6 feet.
Providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for customers to use prior to entering market space and when exiting.
Canceling all extracurricular activities including music, children’s activities, cooking demos, etc.
Grouping like items together (ie. all produce, all bread and baked goods, etc.) to reduce the amount of time searching the market for particular products.
Recommending using gloves appropriately as an additional tool.
Discontinuing use of tablecloths and other porous materials such as baskets, pulp fiber fruit and vegetable containers. “The Bexley Farmers Market is working hard to protect the marketplace, and the farmers and food producers who rely on it. We appreciate your cooperation in helping our market navigate this crisis. Your support of local food producers is needed now more than ever,” says Jaime Hadji, Market Manager of the Bexley Farmers Market. Bexley Farmers Market suggests checking its website and/or social media listings before attending for possible updates including entrance points, operating hours, and/or additional precautionary guidelines. On July 1, the Bexley Farmers Market will announce its plans for the remainder of the season, including the market’s location and operational plans for August 1 through the end of October. The Bexley Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 4-7 PM starting May 21. As a reminder, during COVID-19 procedures, the market will reserve the 4-4:30 PM time for vulnerable populations including seniors and immunocompromised.
Our producers for the 2020 season include:
9N Farm Bluegreen Gardens Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas Columba's Mexican Food Darby Valley Farm Double Comfort Florentine Legacy Foraged & Sown Fox Hollow Farm Naturally Happy Toes Homestead Harriet Gardens Hirsch Fruit Farm Ingram Acres J-POPS Kingdom Fish Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods Made Without Grain SaraBee Pure Honey Solo Merengues Sweet Thing Gourmet The Crazy Cucumber The Farmstead Market The Fromagerie Toad Hill Organic Farm Two Roasting Joes Coffee Waffle Hub Wild Lilac Kitchen
Join us every Thursday through October from 4-7 PM, rain or shine!
Support your market! We have partnered with the Bexley Community Foundation to receive contributions to the Bexley Farmers' Market. Every dollar to the Bexley Community Foundation is reinvested in Bexley organizations, ideas and projects – allowing our community to dream big for Bexley. Please consider giving to your market today!
Bexley Farmers Market
Bexley, Ohio 43209
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