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    As concern over COVID-19 continues to grow and North Carolina has taken official action to curb the spread of the virus, it is important that everyone is aware of the current situation and takes necessary precautions to protect themselves, their staff and farm guests.

    As of 3/15/2020, the CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 or more people. This recommendation includes that events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing in efforts to slow the spread of the virus. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual. Additionally, it is recommended to avoid close contact (less than 6 feet) with others.

     

    How will your farm respond to COVID-19?

    The following are examples of what some farms are doing to protect themselves and their guests.

    • Canceling or postponing events with expected turnouts of 50 or more people.
    • Putting up signage in public spaces enforcing distance between people, and encouraging visitors to wash their hands. Also, removing some seating to create more distance between customers or guests.
    • Ensuring restrooms never run out of soap and paper towels.
    • Offering a "drive through" for products, including paying ahead online / not accepting cash or touching customers' cards on site.
    • Limiting tour sizes and number of guests allowed at any given time.
    • Free shipping for online sales or call-ins to encourage visitors staying in.
    • Virtual tours.
    • "Drive in" activities - eg. a driving tour around the farm without leaving your car.

     

    Remember to share your farm's story, including during this time, by letting us and your customers know how you are reacting.

    "Food is one of the most essential elements to survival, and it is important that we continue the operation of food sites such as the farmers markets even in the wake of this extraordinary global pandemic,” wrote Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in an email to 

    NC Health News.

    "We are fortunate in North Carolina to have a strong agricultural industry, which means consumers have access to fresh local foods. Supporting local farms is important to continuing to have this access.”

     

    Our Farmers Markets are open for business. Shoppers can find fresh produce and other products at the