April 22, 2020 — The Florence Farmers Pick Up Market opens Tuesday, May 12, and each successive Tuesday, for pick-ups between 4 and 6 p.m.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared farmers markets to be essential businesses. They provide fresh local food to the community, including Oregon Trail Card users, and they support small family farms and local food producers.
The Florence 2019 market season was highly successful, providing local food to almost 400 people spending an average of $9,250 at each market.
In alignment with the efforts of the city, first responders and the respectful caution of Florence citizens, the Florence Farmers Market will begin its season as an on-line, order/pre-pay, drive-through market. There will be no on-site cash or credit card sales.
By May 5th, market organizers hope to have vendor products on the Florence Farmers Market website, www.florencefarmersmarket.org. People can also access them by going to WhatsGood, sourcewhatsgood.com.
Customers will be able to select, pay for their purchases and use a scheduling app to choose a time between 4 and 6 p.m. each Tuesday, to pick up their order. This will allow market volunteers to manage traffic flow.
Orders will have to be placed by the Sunday before each Market Day.
Customers will drive into the parking lot on the west side, pass the Lotus Restaurant building and pick up their purchases at each vendor’s vehicle on the east side of the parking lot. Vendors or a volunteer will place the customer's pre-labeled order in their car.
In addition, SNAP customers will continue to be accommodated by the Florence market, with further details to follow.
Working closely with the Oregon Farmers Market Association, as are all markets in the state, the Florence Farmers Market is excited to join this food delivery system. Organizers are being mentored by a market manager in Portland who is currently using this system.
“What we gain is minimizing contact, eliminating social distancing lines, adding extra monitors for each vendor booth, and increasing hand wash stations — all required by ODA for walk in farmers markets,” said Joanna Henderson, member of the Florence Farmers Market.
She added, “We will miss the music, and the inter-personal community contact that has given the market and its customers so much nourishment beyond food and drink. When the time is right we hope to resume our open-air market, in successive steps with city guidance, and welcome everyone back to our market site.”
For more information about the Florence Farmers Market, visit online at www.florencefarmersmarket.org or at www.facebook.com/FlorenceOregonFarmersMarket.