Farmers Market Operations and Procedures Due to COVID-19

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New Farmers Market Operations and Procedures due to COVID-19

“According to guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, farmers markets fall under the same classification as grocery stores and are considered an important source of food for local communities.” – N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

In order to provide fresh, local products to our customers, the market has implemented safety guidelines for the 2020 market season. In line with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, our farmers markets will follow the same federal or state orders given to grocery stores. Therefore, the Surry County Farmers Market is working with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Surry County Center, public officials, and Surry County Health Department to implement safety measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Opening the market, provides our community access to local foods while supporting our local agriculture community.

Safety Precautions We, The Market, are Taking:

  • Vendor will wear PPE including masks.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at each vendor booth.
  • Restroom with handwashing station will be available.
  • Vendor booths with two people will have one person displaying and bagging items and one person dedicated to accepting payments. Both persons will use hand sanitizer between transactions.
  • Vendor booths with one person will prepackage items as much as possible. Hand sanitizer will be used between transactions.
  • Vendors will accept one customer at their booth at a time.
  • Vendors will accept pre-orders from customers and will be available for pick up at market times.
  • There will be frequent cleaning and sanitizing of market equipment.
  • Vendor booths will be separated to allow for 6 feet of social distancing.
  • One-way paths will be set up for customers through the market.
  • There will be no product sampling from vendors.
  • No craft sales will be available while Stay at Home Order is in effect.
  • Vendors who are feeling sick or running a fever will not be present at the market.

Safety Measures Customers Can Take at the Market

  • Visit the market in good health.
  • Utilize hand washing facilities at the start and end of your visit to the market.
  • Refrain from touching your face.
  • Avoid touching the produce and products you do not intend to purchase.
  • Allow vendors to bag your purchases.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Allow for one customer per vendor’s booth at a time.
  • Pre-order purchases if possible. Pre-order information will be located on the Surry County Farmers Market social media pages and updated weekly.
  • Wash all produce before consumption.

Three local farmers markets providing the best local products to consumers from May through November.

Dobson:  Thursdays, 3:30–6:30 p.m.
Location: 903 East Atkins Street, Dobson
Opens May 21

Mt. Airy:  Fridays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: 111 South Main Street, Mt. Airy
Opens May 8

Elkin:  Saturdays  9 a.m.–noon
Location: 226 North Bridge Street, Elkin
Opens May 9

Many vendors are offering pre-ordering, farm, or off-site pickup. Check out the Farmers Markets’ social media for a vendor list. This list will be updated weekly and is subject to change.

For questions regarding the Surry County Farmers Market, please email