Many businesses – especially small, local businesses – have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, shoppers have a renewed opportunity to support local vendors by shopping at the Chesterfield County Farmers’ Market, now adapted to meet the county’s public health needs. The Farmers’ Market is open Wednesdays through August 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Chesterfield County government complex, near 6701 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield, VA 23832.
This year, the market has implemented stringent social distancing rules to protect shoppers and vendors. Following recommendations from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as well as the Virginia Farmers Market Association, the market’s new rules include asking shoppers not to enter the market if they are sick, recommending facemasks be worn at all times and requesting visitors limit themselves to one shopper per household, if possible.
A full list of new rules is available on the Chesterfield County Farmers Market webpage.
In addition, new to this year’s market is the ability to pre-order items online through an online store.
“Virginia farmers markets are an important resource for communities to provide access to local, fresh produce, food, horticultural goods and hygiene products,” said Lynne Wingfield, employee wellness coordinator with both the county’s government and school divisions. “Markets also support small local businesses with opportunities to sell their products in community settings. This opportunity allows residents to enjoy our beautiful county complex and purchase high-quality products.”
For more information about the Chesterfield County Farmers Market, visit www.chesterfield.gov/farmersmarket or visit the market’s Facebook page.