Farmers' Market To Keep Reduced Hours And Requests Pets Stay Home
Last updated 5/27/2020 at 5:18pm
The Transylvania Farmers’ Market will continue each Saturday morning with reduced 10 a.m.-12 p.m. hours and they ask customers to visit their website to make sure they are clear on safety precautions and protocols, which include a request to leave dogs at home.
“We love dogs and seeing their furry faces, but right now we are having to focus on just getting customers in and out to shop easily and unfortunately, to do that we must ask everyone to leave their dogs at home,” said Leslie Logemann, Market Manager. “To practice good social distancing, we can only allow so many bodies into the market at one time. If dogs stay home, it gives us a bit more room. In addition, we are finding that for some people, wearing a mask can cause a bit of a blind spot when looking down and we certainly don’t want anyone tripping over a dog or a leash.”
The market’s reduced hours of 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. will continue at least through phase two.
“We have had customers ask why we haven’t returned to 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. hours and to be completely transparent, the biggest reason is because we don’t have access to bathrooms. We just can’t expect vendors to be at the market for five plus hours without facilities,” said Logemann. “In addition to that, there is a cost factor. We currently have to pay two to three times the amount of staff that we normally would, and going to extra hours would double that expense. As a nonprofit, and not knowing how long this all will last, we need to be cautious of our expenses.
“Also, with the warmer summer months coming, and our vendors wearing masks for the entire time we are open, it may be too much to ask them to be masked and outside in warm weather for more than a couple of hours.”
“Right now, we ask for the community’s patience and thank them for all of their support,” said Logemann. “Please keep supporting our local farmers and producers and please help us do that by following our guidelines and requests. With kindness and compassion, we will get through this together.”
Information on the market’s current guidelines and requests, as well as a list of how to purchase directly from vendors, how to preorder for curbside pick up, a list of who is at market each week, and a map with the layout of the market for each Saturday, can be found at http://www.transylvaniafarmersmarket.com.