West Homewood Farmer's Market will be open this summer. Our response to COVID-19
In light of Governor Ivey’s recent announcement, we wanted to reach out and let you know that the West Homewood Farmer’s Market, considered an essential business, WILL BE OPEN for normal market hours and dates this summer.
Mark your calendars. The market will be open every Tuesday in June and July and the first Tuesday of August where we hope to co-host the market with the City of Homewood’s first responders for National Night Out. The market is located at 160 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, Alabama 35209 and features farms, arts and crafts, breads, baked goods, food trucks, and live entertainment.
We're are all a bit stir-crazy and, at the same time, nervous about gathering in public. While we have decided to move forward and open this summer, we will continue to heed the advice of the Jefferson County Department of Health throughout the season. We will modify our market layout and implement safety measures to help us remain as safe as possible.
While no one can guarantee complete safety, we want you to know we are taking every precaution we know to take to provide you with as safe of an experience as possible. Here are some of the things we are implementing…
We've reduced the number of vendors by 50% and spaced their booths 10 feet apart.
We will limit the number of people walking thru tight areas of the market.
We will ask patrons to do their best to space out as they walk between booths.
ALL people attending the market will be required to wear a masks and, additionally, vendors will use sanitary gloves (or to use hand sanitizer) and face mask.
We will ask patrons to stay with the people with whom they traveled to the market (i.e., do not share a table with a stranger).
There will be no kid’s activities and families should stay together.
We will have hand sanitizing stations throughout the market.
Buying local has never been more important. Produce grown locally comes straight from the farmer’s field into your homes. This likely means fewer hands have touched it and it has traveled fewer miles to get to you – reducing the need for preservatives. Especially now, with food insecurity heightened, the food supply chain at risk and local economies devastated, farmer’s markets can fill a critical health and economic gap. We hope to see you this summer!!