Covid-19 restrictions have affected how farmers markets are operating. See below for more details.
City of Alexandria Maintains Access to Farmers’ Market Vendors Through Pre-Orders Only
For Immediate Release: March 24, 2020
To maintain access to fresh food while promoting social distancing during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the City of Alexandria has directed farmers’ market food vendors to offer only pickup of pre-ordered food until further notice. This direction is intended to ensure that vendors comply with the letter and spirit of Governor Northam’s March 23 executive order, which bans gatherings of more than 10 people and prohibits farmers’ market customers from congregating. More . . .
Arlington Farmers Markets Able to Reopen with Pre-Orders
March 26, 2020 | News Release
Arlington’s Farmers Markets can re-open this weekend in a new format – farmers can only offer preordered sales. On Wednesday, the Governor’s Office and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) issued additional guidance to provide a means for farmers markets to continue to operate.
To limit the exposure to Covid-19, vendors are not permitted to display food or on-site shopping. This guidance enables markets to remain open giving Arlingtonians access to fresh, locally-grown food while promoting social distancing.
“We are working hard to develop a new system to do business that supports our community of shoppers and vendors, and still abides by the Governors Executive Order,” said Amy McWilliams, manager of the Pike Park Market on Columbia Pike. “We are still working out how we will be able to take preordered sales and distribute them. We will post everything on our website when we have things in place.” More . . .
Falls Church City Farmers Market To Go Updated Friday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m.
The City of Falls Church Farmers Market will be open during the COVID-19 pandemic with a “to go” format that complies with the guidelines from Governor Northam and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).
The new Farmers Market To Go offers an additional food source for residents and helps local farmers keep their businesses going (and growing) during the pandemic. More . . .