A farmers market has opened in the north Fort Worth suburb of Saginaw with a 2020 twist: It's been designed with social distancing in mind.
Called the Saginaw Farmers Market, it'll be open on July 4 with a number of safety measures, says spokesperson Hannah Eustace:
- Masks will be required for customers and vendors.
- Vendors are required to supply hand sanitizer and thoroughly clean their spaces throughout the day.
- Extra tables will be set up in front of each vendor, allowing more space between customers and vendors.
"The goal is to limit person-to-person contact as much as possible," Eustace says. "The extra tables will also keep people from touching items that they may not purchase."
Vendors will be housed, and spaced out in, two pavilion areas.
"Plenty of space for social distancing," she says. "And hopefully the pavilions will help keep people cool."
There are other farmers markets in the area including markets in Keller, Watauga, and Roanoke, but this is the first for Saginaw, Eustace says. It's a joint venture between the City of Saginaw and Community Link, a Saginaw nonprofit food pantry that provides food and other necessities free to those in need.
"We were originally supposed to open in April, when COVID hit, and we decided to postpone until we felt like we could open safely," she says.
Among the 19 local and regional vendors scheduled for Saturday's market are three farms: J&L Family Farm from Bowie; L’Cajn Farm from Rhome; and Winona Orchards, based in the east Texas town of the same name.
Fort Worth will be repped by a number of vendors, such as Fort Worth Jams & Jellies, Honey Bunch Bake Shop, Starry Ice Cream, and Black-owned catering company Bre's Sweet Treats.
Other vendors include Saginaw-based Cafe Volcan Coffee Roasters, Great Harvest Bread Co., and Fort Worth dog treats company Organic Barky Bites. There will be jewelry and craft vendors as well.
It's located at 752 South Knowles Dr., and will be open from 9 am-1 pm on July 4. The next event will be July 18. Starting in August, it'll take place on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.