Dobson Farmer's Market Opening

(Dobson, NC) – The Surry County Farmer’s Market in Dobson will open for business for the first time on Thursday, May 21 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The venue is located at 903 E. Atkins St., adjacent to the Surry County Service Center. The opening has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A larger event to celebrate the location’s opening will be held at a later date, but the public is invited to come out and partake in the new market while adhering to social distancing, mask and sanitation guidelines.

Customers are encouraged to pre-order purchases by logging onto the Surry County Farmers Market Facebook page and sending in orders via message.  

In order to provide fresh, local products to customers, all Surry County Farmer’s Market venues (including Mount Airy and Elkin) have implemented safety guidelines for the 2020 market season. In line with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, farmers markets will follow the same federal or state orders given to grocery stores. Therefore, the Surry County Farmers Market is working with the N.C. Cooperative Extension - Surry County Center, public officials and the Surry County Health & Nutrition Center to implement safety measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Opening the market provides the community access to local foods while supporting the local agriculture community.

Safety precautions that the markets are taking include:

  • Vendors will accept pre-orders from customers that will be available for pickup at market times
  • Vendors will wear PPE, including masks
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at each booth
  • Vendor booths with two people will have one person displaying and bagging items and one person dedicated to accepting payments. Both persons will use hand sanitizer between transactions
  • Vendor booths with one person will prepackage items as much as possible. Hand sanitizer will be used between transactions
  • Vendors will accept one customer at their booth at a time
  • There will be frequent cleaning and sanitizing of market equipment
  • Vendor booths will be separated to allow for 6-feet of social distancing
  • One-way paths will be set up for customers through the market
  • There will be no product sampling from vendors
  • No craft sales will be available while the Stay-At-Home Order is in effect
  • Vendors who are feeling sick or running a fever will not be present at the market

Safety measures customers can take at the markets include:

  • Pre-order purchases if possible. Pre-order information will be located on the Surry County Farmers Market social media pages and updated weekly
  • Visit the market in good health
  • Utilize hand washing/sanitizing
  • Refrain from touching your face
  • Avoid touching the produce and products you do not intend to purchase
  • Allow vendors to bag your purchases
  • Practice social distancing
  • Allow for one customer per vendor’s booth at a time
  • Wash all produce before consumption

Date: May 12, 2020