MOUNT VERNON – After much coordination between OSU Extension, Knox Health and the City the popular Farmers Market will return to the Public Square this Saturday, July 4th 9 a.m. to noon.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the market has adopted new guidelines to make it safer for vendors and shoppers to participate in the market on the square. The guidelines are those of the Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the Farmers Market Coalition.
No one will be allowed to enter the market area prior to 9:00 a.m. Vendors will be located on just one side of the walkways and there will be signage directing shoppers where to enter and exit the market area. Shoppers are encouraged to wear masks and maintain social distancing with one shopper at a time at each booth. Hand sanitizer will be available.
Nate Overholt, Environmental Sanitarian with Knox Public Health said, “the market is operating safely and the change of location plan meets all the distancing guidelines.”
The market, which features dozens of local producers, has been set up at the CA&C Depot for the first two months of the season. But most vendors and shoppers prefer the more centrally located Public Square.
Market Coordinator Marty Trese said, “Every effort is being made so you have a safe and enjoyable experience at the market. Like everywhere else we go things are different, but don’t let that interfere with you getting fresh, local produce and other great products while supporting local growers and producers.”
SNAP, EBT card, and Produce Perks are accepted at the market and soon, Senior Nutrition and WIC recipients will be able to shop as well. The Knox County Task Force for Older Adults Senior Voucher Program is also available with limited vouchers each week for those aged 60 and older.
Vendors July 4th will include: 8 Sisters Bakery, Big D’s Blueberry Patch, Denny Stevens Produce, Double G Maple Syrup & Produce, Dutch Creek Goat Farm, Eva Brisker, Green Valley Sweet Corn, Hopewell Farm, The Mount Vernon Inn, Honey Bee Acres, Nunda Valley Produce, M & M Sugar Shack and Produce, Sigler Bakery, Simply Sweets, Gleeson Acres, The Least of These, Veggies and Eggs by Dan, Wesco Produce, Yankee Street Garlic, 100% Grassfed, and Sue’s Jams and Jellies.