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Farmers markets opening with new rules

Spring is the time that farmers markets open for the season.

Farmers markets are great sources of local meat, produce, eggs, and honey. Shopping at a Farmers Market is a wonderful way to support local farmers, said Susan Hawkins, Davie Extension agent.

Davie County has two farmers markets open Spring to Fall. Shop at the one most convenient to you, or try them both.

The Bermuda Run Farmers Market opened on April 24 and will run through Oct. 23.  The market is held on Fridays from 3:30-6:30 p.m. No sales are allowed before 3:30. The market is at a new location –  190 NC 801 S. in Bermuda Run. Do not park in the parking lot of the business adjacent to the market.

Bermuda Run Farmers Market is requesting that customers observe the following rules to keep everyone safe during COVID-19:

• practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart;

• no reusable bags from home are allowed;

• if you have been sick or exposed to anyone with symptoms, return to the market after you are well;

• shop and leave so that the number of people at the market is limited; and

• do not touch the product. Vendors will be glad to assist you.

The Mocksville Farmers Market will open on May 13-Oct. 28. A special harvest table event will be held in Nov.  where vendors will bring samples of food for customers to sample and enjoy. The market is held on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. at Junkers Mill Outdoor Theater, 105 S. Salisbury St.

Mocksville Farmers Market is providing a new feature this year. Customers can preorder from vendors and pick them up tat the market. Vendors will take orders by email or through online stores. Information on ordering will be on the Facebook page for the market.

The Mocksville market is requesting that customers observe the following rules for everyone’s safety:

• wear a mask at all times;

• bring hand sanitizer for use between booths;

• only the farmers/producers will be allowed to touch food. Point to the product you want and the farmer/producer will weigh and bag it and hand your purchase to you;

• bring only small bills to minimize cash transactions;

• farmers who weigh produce will round up or round down your purchase. Farmers will not have any coins for change. For example, if your purchase is $2.49, you would pay $2. If your purchase is $2.50, you would pay $3;

• 10 people at a time will be allowed to enter the market area; and

• do not arrive before 3 p.m. to allow farmers and producers to set up booths..

Both markets regularly update Facebook pages with the latest vendor lists and happenings. Find Bermuda Run Farmers Market on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BermudaRunFarmersMarket/. The Mocksville Farmers Market is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MocksvilleFarmersMarket/.