For more than a decade the opening of the Hendersonville Farmer’s Market has signaled the start of spring and all things outdoors in Hendersonville. This year, thanks to COVID-19 the opening has been delayed but not deterred.
More than 20 vendors have signed up to participate when the 12th Annual Hendersonville Farmer’s Market opens this Saturday at the Streets of Indian Lake, according to the facility’s Marketing and Events Director Cheryl Puryear.
Since the COVID-19 health crisis is still very much a reality, the event is taking several precautions, Puryear noted.
“We just want to follow all the guidelines the governor has set forth,” she said, “and try to make it as safe as we can for all of our customers.”
Some of the precautions include spacing vendor booths eight feet apart, offering a central hand sanitizing station as well as hand sanitizer at each booth, and the omission of live music and children’s activities until later in the season.
Customers will be served one at a time while others will be encouraged to wait six feet away and six feet apart to avoid crowding the booths and displays.
Puryear noted that special attention will be given to elderly and at-risk customers with the first hour of the market - that begins at 8:30 a.m. – dedicated to them. In addition, customers may pre-order some items online and arrange a time to pick them up. Curb-side service will be available for pre-orders until 10 a.m.
“We’re trying to find ways to allow our older customers or those who are more at-risk for the disease to be able to shop and enjoy the event as well,” Puryear added.
Customers are urged to stay at home if they’re not feeling well and to maintain social distancing of at least six feet while shopping. They are also encouraged, but not required, to wear a face mask or covering, pay with a credit card or exact change, and to allow senior citizens and at-risk persons first priority between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.
The market will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Saturday until Sept. 19, weather permitting.
A health and fitness-themed market day sponsored by the Allergy and Pain Clinic will be held on the last Saturday of each month with the first event scheduled for May 30.
Vendors will be added as the season progresses and live music and children’s entertainment will return as restrictions are lifted, noted Puryear.
Put in a separate box
The following vendors will participate in this week’s Hendersonville Farmer’s Market sponsored by TN Voices:
Meat markets: Wagyu Farms, Sacred Heart Farms, LLC, Hill Family Farm, Butterbean Farm Market
Other farms, markets and vendors: Cottontown Farm, Hendersonville Produce, Laurel Mountain Bakery, Garden at Long Hollow, Music City Micro-Greens, Family Traditions Farm (tomatoes and strawberries),The Peach Truck, Zodiac Hemp Farm, Belly Bee Goods (Elderberry Syrup), Blessed Day Coffee, Sewing Dreams and Lullabies, Scent of the Sun Soaps, Hot Mama Soaps, Tennessee Glass Art, Nature Tails, Magnolia Family Medicine, As Sharp As It Gets (Knife sharpening).