Farmers’ market encourages ordering ahead of time, wearing masks

Farmers' market encourages ordering ahead of time, wearing masks

VICTORIA, Texas – After produce and meat became sparse at grocery stores in March, Victoria Farmers’ Market saw an uptick in shoppers.

The market operates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the parking lot of the Dr. Patti Dodson Public Health Center, located at 2805 N. Navarro.

“New customers have hung around stayed with us and so we’ve had really good crowds all season from the spring into the summer,” said Meridith Byrd, an organizer of the Victoria Farmers’ Market, which is run by the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent. 

Victoria Farmers' Market

Victoria Farmers’ Market. Photo by John Valdivia

In response to the pandemic, the market offers customers a hand washing station, as well as hand sanitizer at each vendor table.

 

Customers are also asked to comply with state mask orders.

Byrd said ordering ahead of time is another way to stay safe.

“Hop out of your car, come grab your bag from your favorite vendors and then you’re  in and out and then that’s another measure of safety,” Byrd said.

Microgreens as well as summer produce are available this weekend.

“Three or four variety of watermelons this Saturday and for the next few weeks, figs are in season and as it gets cooler we’ll be able to offer things like, lettuce and kale, broccoli, cauliflower,” Byrd said.

For those with a green thumb, there are also plants for sale at the market.

“Cilantro is a really popular one, rosemary, the different parsleys, sage, things like that, lavender,” Byrd said.

Byrd said if you’ve started to grow your own produce or herbs you may want to consider becoming a vendor. Go here to learn more.

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