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North Carolina: State farmers markets take more steps to create social distancing

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 30, 2020
The four state-operated farmers markets in Asheville, Charlotte, Colfax and Raleigh have taken new steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus while continuing to offer shoppers a source for farm-fresh products.
Asheville farmers market
Asheville   Farmers market
New measures include increased spacing between vendors and special days for at-risk populations. Up to 12 feet of space has been added between booths at the market.

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“The goal of these increased measures is to make it easier for shoppers and farmers to practice proper social distancing,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Market managers also are encouraging at-risk populations to visit the markets on days when there are fewer shoppers.”

In Asheville, Colfax and Raleigh, at-risk populations are asked to visit the market on Mondays and Tuesdays. Those in Charlotte, are encouraged to visit the market on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

These new measures are in addition to previous steps enacted. Last week, signage was posted throughout the markets to encourage handwashing and practice social distancing. While there is no evidence to suggest COVID-19 is a foodborne illness, staff also is encouraging reduced contact with products and prohibiting product sampling.