Thinking of shopping the Fredericksburg Farmers Market?
The Fredericksburg Farmers Market is open each Saturday from 7am – 2pm rain or shine. There are some changes to the layout of the market as we begin this season that are driven by social distancing requirements. We recommend that all shoppers wear masks and/or gloves.
As you look for parking, please take a minute to glance at Hurkamp Park. If the park looks too busy for your comfort-level, please consider coming back in 30-45 minutes. We often find that shoppers come in waves, but those waves usually dissipate within 35 minutes.(Our heaviest shopping times seem to be 8:30am – 10:30am) If the number of shoppers looks manageable and comfortable to you, please park and enter the market NOTE: If shoppers reach the capacity of the park, we will put signs at the entrances that read: “Temporarily Closed – Please come back in 30 min.”
We made it to Phase II of the Governor’s reopening plan! That means that some rules change and others stay the same.
1. Vendors and staff are still required to wear face masks. We ask shoppers to understand that vendors may need to take a break throughout the day as the temperatures climb, and during those times they will step back away from their tables and take their masks off to wipe their faces or get a drink. Rest assured that if you are approach their stall, they will put their masks back on, step inside their stalls, and help you get what you need!
Rules that stay the same:
2. Produce and products for sale from the vendors must still be handled/packaged by the vendor (not the shopper).
Rules that change:
1. Shoppers are no longer required to wear masks. While we are not forcing shoppers to wear masks, we do still strongly encourage it. With COVID-19 numbers still fluctuating in Virginia, we hope that those who are most at-risk, or who care for someone who is at higher risk will continue to wear masks. If you don’t mind wearing your mask while shopping, you will be helping those who are at-risk feel safer as they shop at our market.
The Fredericksburg Farmers Market has always been a friendly place to get fresh, locally-grown food as well as an inclusive community experience. If you haven’t tried it yet, we encourage you to come join us on Saturdays any time between 7am – 2pm at Hurkamp Park in downtown Fredericksburg!
Once at your chosen vendor stall, you will be greeted by one of our friendly vendors. You will notice that all of our vendors are wearing masks and gloves for their own protection and for YOURS. Unfortunately, you will not be allowed to touch the products they sell – the vendor will prepare your order and bag it for you. This will be very similar to shopping at a deli – you don’t get to touch the meat until you get home – but you can point and explain what you want. NOTE: Please do not bring re-usable bags to the market at this time. Our vendors will give you new, clean bags to use.
We ask that you be mindful of others who are waiting to shop. For many of our vendors, who have made friends out of customers, this is one of the most uncomfortable changes that result from the pandemic – reduced socializing and interaction. The Fredericksburg Farmers Market has always been as much a social experience as a shopping opportunity. We know that, for many, this is the first glimpse of a long-awaited return to “normal”, but we all need to remember that in order for us ALL to stay healthy we need your cooperation. Please remember that we are all in this together and need to be patient with each other! .
Does your current situation prevent you from coming to the market? We may still be able to help. If you find that you are still uncomfortable or unable to shop in-person at the market, our website (thefarmersmarket.co) has information on how to purchase from our many vendors online. Your orders can be picked up at the market using the prepaid line. You can even send a friend or family member to pick up your order. So until everyone can comfortably return to the market, we will do our best to make sure you have access to the many fresh, locally-grown products from the Fredericksburg Farmers Market.
Please remember that if you are not feeling well, we want you to stay home and get well. We will see you when you are well!