How one Bucks County indoor farmers market is taking social distancing precautions

Kim Glovas
March 27, 2020 - 3:32 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Bucks County indoor farmers market is moving outdoors to help with social distancing. It’s one of the few still operating in the face of the pandemic.

“We’ve been having a banner year, and then bam, two to three weeks ago this hits. But I have to say, our vendors and our customers are really rising to the occasion,” said Wrightstown Farmers Market market manager Cheryl Gilmore. 

The market has been held inside Anchor Presbyterian Church every other Saturday. Now, it’s outside. And Gilmore says there will be precautions. 

Customers are being asked to pre-order and pre-pay.

“We’re asking customers not to touch any produce or products. So vendors are not going to have anything out in bins. Everything is going to be pre-packaged and labeled,” she explained. 

Gilmore also says the first hour of the market from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. is devoted to seniors and those considered vulnerable to the virus. 

Vendors have seen their sales go down 80% in the last few weeks, she says, so she’s hoping the online sales will help. 

Gilmore also says buying local means the product goes through fewer hands before it gets to the customer, meaning less exposure.