The Bangor Farmers' Market has moved outside, in order to provide food to area residents, while honoring the governor's social distancing directive.

The farmers' market is usually located inside for another week or two, but the tight quarters didn't allow for the physical distancing currently deemed necessary by the Maine CDC to control the spread of COVID-19. Still, the sale of fresh fruits and vegetables has been deemed essential, to help residents stay healthy and keep their immune systems sharp. So, operating as a food distribution center rather than a traditional farmer's market, organizers decided to move the operation outside a little early and stay open each day.

They do ask that attendees respect a few new rules, to keep everyone safe:

  • Don't go to the farmer's market if you're showing symptoms of COVID-19. Consider sending a friend, instead.
  • Keep a distance of 6 feet from each other and allow the vendors as much space as possible during your transaction.
  • Reserve the first half-hour of the market, from 11 to 11:30, for elderly, immunocompromised, or otherwise 'high risk' customers
  • Don't socialize, eat, or linger in the market or vicinity
  • If paying with cash, bring an assortment of bills
  • Bring your own pen, to sign credit slips.
  • Bring your own sanitizer

A trip to the market is a great way to get some healthy food and fresh air, while supporting local farmers. Just remember the rules and help keep everyone safe. The next Bangor Farmers' Market is on Sunday, April 19th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.