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Oakland County Farmers Market takes COVID-19 precaution as summer schedule resumes

Posted at 5:40 AM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 15:56:54-04

WATERFORD TWP., MICH (WXYZ) — Beginning May 2, the Oakland County Farmers Market resumes its summer operation of three days and will add a Sunday market beginning May 10.

Now allowed under the latest executive order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer is the sale of plants, flowers, bedding plants and personal hygiene products. Fresh fruits and vegetables will be provided from farmers and direct-produce vendors from 17 counties across Michigan. The market will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Market Manager Jeremy Brown encourages people to visit on Tuesdays and Thursdays when crowds are smaller.

Food sampling will no longer be an option, and shoppers will be required to wear masks inside the market. In addition, shoppers and vendors inside the building twill be limited to less than 50 at one time.
Additional changes include:

The cancellation of all special events, cooking demonstrations and educational programming through May 30; this will be reassessed monthly.
Hand sanitizing stations will be provided on site.
Increased cleaning of restrooms, doors and high touch surfaces.
Encourage phone orders for delivery or curbside pickup.
Limit the number of vehicles allowed in the parking lot on Saturdays to assist with social distancing.

A Sunday market will be added starting May 10 from 8 a.m.-noon, to help lessen the Saturday crowd and help with social distancing.

Oakland County Farmers Market is located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. For additional information, call 248-858-5495 or email OCmarket@oakgov.com.

For information on other events, visit https://www.oakgov.com/parks/Pages/default.aspx