Read below to see what we’re doing to keep the market safe during the COVID-19 outbreak and visit the Our Vendors page for information on how to preorder from your favorites. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!
A vendor selling at the Weaverville Tailgate Market on August 26th has since tested positive for COVID-19. This vendor’s identity will remain confidential per the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The vendor maintained social distances during the market, wore a mask, used touch-free payments, and sanitized frequently. There is low risk of exposure to anyone in attendance at the market. According to the CDC coronaviruses have poor survivability on surfaces and therefore there is very low risk of spread from food products or packaging.
The affected vendor as well as household members will quarantine for two weeks. The market will remain in operation with our next market on September 2nd. The following precautions will continue to be in effect:
● thorough sanitizing of all equipment during and after each market
● requiring all vendors and shoppers to wear masks
● maintaining social distances and limiting the number of customers at vendor tents at a time
We feel it is our responsibility to notify the public and our customers, to be as transparent as we are able. We hope the vendor has a quick recovery and they are in our thoughts. Thank you for understanding and stay safe!
For the 2020 Season:
- Masks are required for customers, vendors, and staff per the governor’s orders. For our customers unable to shop with masks, many of our vendors will happily accept preorders and the market manager can arrange curbside service. Contact the market via email directly for individualized arrangements.
- The first hour of market, 2:30-3:30pm, is reserved for our senior and at risk customers.
- No one, customers or vendors, exhibiting symptoms may enter the market. Stay home and rest. We’ll miss you, but health is priority.
- Maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times.
- One customer at a time for each vendor table. Note that our first two hours are typically the busiest and plan accordingly.
- One way traffic throughout the market is encouraged. Enter the market on the right-hand side and exit on the left as though driving on the road.
- Children, if they must attend with adult shoppers, must be closely supervised. No dogs at this time, please.
- Only handle product you are purchasing. Vendors are prepackaging and planning to make selections as quick and safe as possible.
- Exact cash accepted by select vendors. Debit/Credit, Venmo, & Paypal accepted by most vendors. If you have market bucks from previous dates, or need assistance with debit/credit purchases, see the market manager.
The Weaverville Tailgate Market has been monitoring developments involving the COVID 19 virus and possible impacts on farmers markets. We are paying very close attention to the advice and guidance provided by the Buncombe County Department of Health and advise all to monitor their Health Departments for the most up-to-date information on this rapidly developing situation.
At this time the Weaverville Tailgate Market will operate on its regular schedule and is planning to open April 1st, 2020. We feel it is important to provide our community with access to healthy, local food in an open-air setting where safe distancing is more achievable than in crowded, enclosed stores. This is a difficult time for everyone and we must care for each other.
While it is difficult to predict what the situation will look like in the coming days and weeks, customers should monitor market communications closely and be aware that other measures may become necessary as advised by public health directive. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions and/or concerns.
In NC, farmers markets fall under the same classification as grocery stores and are considered an important source of food for local communities. Farmers markets who choose to operate during the COVID-19 outbreak are required to follow the same federal or state mandated directives as grocery stores on issues such as social distancing, or crowd size (if indoor).NCAGR.gov