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It’s farmers market time

According to guidance from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, farmers markets fall under the same classification as grocery stores and are considered an important source of food for local communities. 

Farmers markets that stay open during the outbreak should follow the same state and federal mandates as grocery stores regarding social distancing and crowd size. In keeping with Executive Order 118, they also may not offer any kind of dine-in service. 

Here’s a roundup of the markets that have confirmed their intent to open. This list will be updated as more responses are received. 

 

Haywood County

Haywood Historic Farmers Market, Waynesville

 

Jackson County

Jackson County Farmers Market, Sylva

The 'Whee Market, Cullowhee 

Getting there: 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through the end of October, at the Prospect Western event lawn at 113 Market Street.
What’s happening: Meats, eggs, cheeses, vegetables, cut flowers, milk and value-added products and crafts sold by an average of eight vendors. New vendors welcome. $5 per market or $25 for the season.
Ways to pay: Cash/check, with some vendors accepting credit and debit cards.
Contact: Curt Collins, 828.476.0334. www.thewheemarket.org.

 

Macon County

Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market 

 

Swain County

Swain County Farmers Market, Bryson City

 

Buncombe County

In response to the closure of some farmers markets in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project has organized an interim market designed to protect shoppers and vendors from virus transmission. 

The market meets 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays in parking lots A2, A3 and A7 at A-B Tech in Asheville. The number of shoppers in the market area at one time will be tightly controlled, customers will select pre-packaged items without handling other products, and purchases will be paid online using the honor system. Anybody exhibiting signs of illness will not be allowed in the market. 

The market will operate as long as necessary and may expand to others locations and days of the week as opportunity and demand allow. www.asapconnections.org

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