What’s been going on!
Betsy and I are very excited that we will be getting our Covid vaccines tomorrow after market! We know that even with the “jab” we all will still need to be cautious for some time to come but there does seem to be a collective sigh of relief all around from family to customers to our restaurant friends, I think the spring weather does not hurt the optimism either.
I have been thinking about what a tremendous job the Carrboro Farmers’ Market has done this past year in adapting to the crisis and in keeping all of us as safe and fed as possible while staying open. When all this hit a year ago, Maggie, our great manager was only weeks on the job and immediately shifted anything and everything that was required and has continued, along with her equally capable assistant Laura, to make shopping at the market one of the safest places in the entire Triangle or farther.
The Board of the Farmers’ Market has also done an incredible job in working with Maggie, the Town and the County Health Department to adapt our rules for the situation, supporting Maggie and being generally flexible. They never missed a beat including continuing to hold their monthly meetings after market, no matter the weather or season.
The Town of Carrboro has been a great partner all along; helping with volunteers, signage and other support. Working with the County Health Department and our advocate and infectious disease expert, Peter Gilligan, we were among the first in the country to implement a spread out set up, one way traffic in the market, one entrance and exit to the market, free masks, sanitation stations and more. So much so that we have been held up as an example of how it can be done.
The members of the market have adapted as well but we are all looking forward to when the market can get back to normal with more vendors attending, where we can set up in our old spaces and build the big displays we are used to, bring in new farmers and products and finally have the time to visit and talk farming and gardening and food.
Of course all of you who come to the market to shop have done a great job too with wearing your masks, keeping distance, queuing out of the way and generally being safe. It is yet another reason we have been able to stay open and that Orange County has possibly the lowest positive case rate in the State. Keep it up, get your shots and we might be back to some kind of normal by the fall!
Picture of the week
More things coming in a few weeks- escarole, red leaf, green Boston, red Little Gem and romaine lettuces
What’s going to be at Market?