Flemington Farmers’ Market strict with precautions
FLEMINGTON — The Flemington Farmer’s Market is being strict about COVID-19 safety precautions, Market Manager Robert Reid said on Sunday, July 19.
“We maintain strict protocols,” he said, “We’re outdoors, but being strict.”
Yellow ropes divide off the entrance and exits, masks are required and the market table has hand sanitizer and masks.
Reid tries to control attendance to 45 to 50 at a time in the roughly five acres of the Dvoor Farm near the Route 12 Circle that is devoted to the market, he said. The total farm property, which belongs to the Flemington Land Trust, is 42 acres.
“We’re lucky we have such a large piece of property,” Reid said, noting it’s easy to keep vendors 6 feet apart.
The market has not brought in entertainment this year and the picnic tables are turned upside-down to discourage loitering.
One sign of a slow return to normalcy is that dogs are allowed back to the market, “as long as the owners don’t let everybody pet them,” Reid said just as two Italian greyhounds came in and tried to seduce everyone in their path.
The market committee is maintaining its ties with other non profits.
The Audubon society led a bird walk Sunday morning with about 10 attendees. The Raritan Headwaters is not doing its educational programs at the market right now, but Reid hopes to bring them back. He said the Highlands Coalition has also presented at the market.
“We allow other non-profits to promote themselves,” Reid said.
The Flemington Market is a farmer-producer market with no crafters or other non-agricultural vendors, although it does hold an artisan day once a year.
“The mission of the land trust is to support the farm community,” he said.
Reid is proud of the fact when the market loses a vendor it’s usually because the farm has become so successful it no longer needs to do the farm market circuit and that the vendor is easy to replace. “For every one that leaves, we have four or five people with applications in,” he said.
Reid said he started the season by discussing procedures with other market managers which he found beneficial.
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