EUGENE. Ore. -- The Lane County Farmers Market will be open Saturday with strict guidelines to keep people healthy.
Officials from the Farmers Market said booths will be spread out 10 to 30 feet apart. They said 9 to 11 a.m. will be for seniors and those who are at high risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The general public is welcome to shop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hand washing stations will be provided and social distancing monitors will be on patrol making sure everyone is six feet apart.
Tawnia Ross, operations manager, said though the market is open, it won't be like the one you are used to.
"This is not a normal market. It's not a normal market as far as socializing and hanging around, talking to your friend you run into," Ross said. "We've advised people, please only send one person, and if you're not feeling well, don't come."
Ross said keeping the Farmers Market open is essential to keeping the local food supply chain running. If the national food supply chain is disrupted, the community will eventually look to local farmers to put food on their tables.
"I know it makes me, as a person who lives here, feel more secure that if for some reason food wasn't available to be trucked in," Ross said. "A lot of produce in mainstream grocery stores is trucked in from thousands of miles away."
The Farmers Market has only seen a few vendors cancel but Ross said they are not charging cancellation fees. She also said if you don't see your favorite vendor at the market, check out their website. The Farmers Market has a webpage with links to vendors' websites. You can order their products there and it will be delivered to your door.