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Tips for staying safe at the market

The market has been on a mission this summer – to keep everyone safe and healthy as they shop in and around the Sundqvist Pavilion. So we’re pulling together the ideas we’ve had to offer you these tips on how to shop safe and enjoy the market.

  • Check the website at farmingtonfarmersmarket.com on Thursday and Friday for vendor info – who’s coming and where they will be set up. That way you will know whom and what to expect.
  • Note the hand-washing stations at the two entrances and the south plaza. They are there for your safety and convenience.
  • Forgot your mask? No problem; we’ll give you one! Just ask as you enter the market.
  • Social distancing is not difficult in the open air in a space that offers a 360-degree view. Riley Park, Market Street, the south plaza offer empty areas in case you want to step away from the market while not leaving the market.  
  • We enlarged our footprint to approximately 40,000 square feet when we extended onto Market Street, which is closed from Starbucks down to Tubby’s. That allows plenty of safe space around some of our busiest vendors.
  • Looking for a specific vendor? Ask a volunteer (wearing aprons and name tags) or grab a handy pocket map of our layout as you enter.
  • The key to knowing you are safe here at market is to – all together now – wear your mask, social distance and keep moving in a casual way.
  • We know everyone has a favorite farmer. But sometimes the lines get long. So remember we have about 15 growers/producers at the market. If one farmer’s stand is busy and you don’t want to stand in line, look around to find another you can step right up to. Most offer the same produce with small variations.
  • Shop with your eyes. Don’t try to touch the food. Just point and tell your farmer what you would like. All the food at the Farmington market is picked just for Farmington. That means it literally comes from the fields to our farm tables in a matter of hours, so there’s no need to pick through.
  • Remember that we do offer pre-orders and curbside pickup. Check the website for how to place orders and in some cases even pay online. Your orders will be ready when you arrive. Pull into one of two spaces we’ve reserved for pickup on Grove Street. Pull in and call the number on sign board, and we’ll deliver your order to your vehicle.
  • The market is truly a reflection of Saturday life in a Michigan small town. Before making your purchases, take some time to stroll around and take in all the vendors. Mosey down Market Street and check out the vendors in the park, the pavilion and the south lot. Then put your plan together for produce, seafood, sauces, honey, baked goods and more! The views aren't bad, either.