SKOWHEGAN-The spring farmer’s market moved up it’s starting date by a whole month.
“Never in my life have I dealt with anything like this. I feel like this atmosphere has changed over the last few weeks, there’s a lot of enthusiasm and there’s a lot of fear in a lot of people’s eyes,” Skowhegan Farmers Market Manager Amy Rowbottom said.
Skowhegan area farmers that rely on sales from farmer’s markets have had to begin the spring season in uncharted territory due to COVID-19.
Normally shoppers are encouraged to go to the market in person and look at the different items, whether it’s food or clothing, but this year, the market is a little different.
“We are trying to take the recommendations from the state and put them into action so that we can create a safe environment where people can continue to buy local food. So I think this is something we can continue to do throughout the summer,” Moody Town Gardens Vendor Johanna Burdet said.
She said all the vendors had gloves and masks and disinfectant available.
And with the increase in demand for local food, the farmers are taking their safety and the safety of the customers very seriously while also continuously producing their goods.
“This is why we do this. We grow food to feed our community, this is why we get up every morning. So we want to rise to the occasion but we also want to protect everyone. We’re doing the best that we can,” Rowbottom said.
She recommended that customers pre-order food by visiting Skowhegan farmers market dot com instead of shopping in person
“We’re doing everything we can for our customers and our vendors. This is a huge responsibility,” Rowbottom said.