The Texas Township “Fresh on Q!” Farmers’ Market will open its 2020 season on Saturday, May 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will be taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Farmers’ markets are considered critical infrastructure, as they sell food and agriculture-related items, just like a grocery store.
Precautions being taken include:
- Limiting the number of vendors and shoppers in the pavilion (and therefore increasing social distancing)
- Providing hand sanitizer at entry points, as well as hand-washing stations
- Marking 6-foot distancing and traffic flow throughout the pavilion
- Requiring market staff, volunteers and vendors to wear face masks
- Removing seating from the pavilion and restricting prepared foods to carry-out only
- Closing the pocket park and restrooms
To further minimize risk and protect public safety, we are asking patrons to:
- Stay home if they are sick
- Wear a face mask when visiting the market
- Limit their shopping parties to one to two individuals and to keep children at home
- Keep six feet distance from others at the market
- Avoid touching product until after purchase, and wash it thoroughly at home
- Limit social interactions with other customers and vendors
This was a very difficult decision for the Farmers’ Market Committee. We want to be safe, but we also want to make sure our residents and community members have access to good, fresh food, and that our vendors, who have been planning, planting and working so hard, have a place to sell their products. We hope that you’ll support the market and its vendors as we navigate these difficult times.
The market accepts credit and debit cards and “Corners Coins”, in addition to food assistance benefits, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Michigan Pandemic-EBT, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH, and Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH. Due to COVID-19, Double Up Food Bucks does not have a $20 per day limit and works with Pandemic-EBT.