In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Westfield Farmers Market has provided an alternative way for residents to purchase their usual crops of corn, strawberries, hot peppers and Jersey tomatoes, all with new safety regulations to keep the community safe.
The Westfield Farmers Market are open at the North Avenue train station parking lot, and have received terrific feedback in their efforts to adapt to the current climate. This new, virtual market has introduced online shopping with weekly in-person pickup to keep shoppers connected with local farmers.
The farmers market will occur every Saturday morning, with weekly pickup scheduled alphabetically by last name, from 10 a.m. to noon. Customers can place their orders online all week until midnight on Thursday at http://www.gwaccnj.com/farmers-market.
According to Westfield Farmers Market website, customers are being asked to follow these protocols:
- Bring with you a sheet of paper with your Local Line Customer/Account Name written in letters large and heavy enough to be seen from several feet
- Have your vehicle’s trunk (somewhat) empty
- Get into the car line and stay in your car with your windows up
- Stop in front of vendor table; the vendor will approach
- Stay in your car
- Hold up paper with your Customer/Account Name
- Pop or unlock your trunk to allow the vendor to place your purchase in your vehicle
- Proceed to the next vendor from whom you have purchased
- DO NOT hop-scotch the line. Stay in line until you reach the end.
- Exit onto North Avenue
There were over 200 customer orders for the first Saturday opening and the process went smoothly with the newly implemented measures.