We are starting to see changes in what’s open here in Carlsbad during the pandemic, and one of the latest is that the State Street Farmers’ Markets in Carlsbad will be re-opening TODAY in a limited fashion. They’ve been closed for about 8 weeks, and sorely missed.
And no doubt it’s been a big challenge for the local farmers and other vendors.
The farmers’ market will be substantially modified, and smaller, to comply with the standard CDO and CA and San Diego County guidelines during our Shelter-in-Place (SIP) order.
You can read more details here, but these are the highlights:
1. The revised farmers’ market will focus on smaller certified farmers to provide the best and freshest food for shoppers. There are 19 vendors on the list on the website.
2. Of course social distancing MUST be observed with a minimum of 6 feet, including the distance between the booths. There will be X’s on the ground to help shoppers maintain appropriate distancing
3. Masks are to be worn by all shoppers, farmers and staff in compliance with the San Diego County requirement as of May 1st
4. Only 1 shopper per household will be permitted in the market
5. A maximum of 50 shoppers will be allowed in the farmers’ market at one time and staff will monitor
6. Shoppers will be requested to not touch the produce, and the farmers will assist them as necessary
The State Street Farmers’ Market hours will be from 3 until 7 pm on Wednesday, the usual spring and summer/Daylight Saving Time schedule.
I’m not planning to go today but will wait a week to let them work out any kinks.
But how wonderful that local farmers will again be able to sell their produce and Carlsbad residents can take advantage of the farmers’ market once again.