Farmers markets in Geneseo and Dansville are scheduled to open this afternoon, and while many things will essentially be the same – colorful canopies and vendor tables among them – visitors can also expect to see some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are guidelines for safety that farmers markets are being required to abide by including social distancing between vendors, hand sanitizer stations and the wearing of masks.
Markets are also asking customers to social distance – stay at least six feet apart from other shoppers and vendors - and wear face coverings.
The Geneseo Farmers Market will be open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday on Center Street, which will be closed to vehicle traffic.
The Dansville Farmers Market will be at its regular location on Ossian Street between Main and Elizabeth Street. Operating hours will be 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
For the Dansville market, Thursdays represent a new day and time. The change allows the market to attract and accommodate more vendors, organizers said.
The Little Lakes Farmers Market in Hemlock will open for its season on Saturday. The market will be open 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, from June 27 until mid October at the Little Lakes Community Center, 4705 South Main St., Hemlock. Participating vendors will offer locally grown produce, in season fruits and vegetables, baked goods, herbs, spices, honey, maple syrup and more.
The Lima Farmers Market also opened this week. The market will operate from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Lima Presbyterian Church, Routes 5 & 20 and Route 15A in Lima. The market plans to be open into October.
The Nunda Area Farmers Market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from now until the end of October at the Government Center at State and Massachusetts streets.
The Springwater Farmers Market plans to open July 3 at the Four Corners in Springwater. It is scheduled to be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays until mid-October. Plants, veggies, berries, fruit, baked goods, eggs, honey, herbs, wool, and crafts.
According to state Agriculture and Markets guidance, markets must:
• Have a market health safety plan on the premises. The plan must be made available to the New York State Department of Health or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection;
• Offer no entertainment;
• Offer no cooking demonstrations or sampling from open containers. Samples offered in prepackaged containers may be offered to customers, so long as the sample is consumed off the premises;
• Hot or cold prepared food should be available for takeout only. There should be no tables or chairs for seating;
• Space out vendors as much as possible;
• Minimize the food customers may directly access, and instead serve patrons;
• Increase the number of handwashing stations and make hand sanitizer, containing at least 60 percent alcohol, available to vendors and customers; and
• Manage customer traffic within the market to eliminate congregating and to promote social distancing (maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet between customers).
Visitors to farmers markets are asked to visit and shop only if they are feeling well. If they are sick they are asked to remain home and take care of themselves.
Patrons are also asked to wash their hands frequently using soap and hot water, or sanitize their hands frequently using pumps that the markets will have on site.
Customers should wash all produce purchased at the markets, especially if they plan to consume them raw.
Patrons are asked to keep their market trip as brief as possible and are encouraged to make a list of desired items for efficiency. They are also asked to refrain from congregating or stopping to eat at the market.