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Andersonville Farmers Market Reopens With Online Ordering

Getting back to normal is a slow process, but the organizers of the Andersonville Farmers Market (AFM) have found a way to reopen by allowing customers to order online and pick up their groceries safely.

The 11th season of the market officially opens next week, however customers can purchase their items online through the ordering platform WhatsGood starting today. Orders will be taken through 11 p.m. on Monday, June 8 for the first pick day this Wednesday, June 10 between 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The location of the market has changed this year from Berwyn Ave. to Catalpa Ave. between Clark and Ashland. According to a press release put out for the AFM’s organizer, the Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance (ASCA), the new pick-up spot allows for better social distancing practices and space between vendors in light of COVID-19 safety measures.

Moving forward, the market will start taking orders at 8 a.m. on Fridays through 11 p.m. on Mondays for Wednesday pick-ups. When customers order online, they can select an available time window to collect their items.

“Shoppers can download the WhatsGood app or register online to shop, and can purchase from all our vendors with just one order. It’s a quick and easy way to shop!” said ASCA Executive Director Sara Dinges. “Everything sold at the market is grown or produced within a 200 mile radius, and our goal is to offer the community access to fresh, local food.”

The AFM stated that their top priority is customer safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. New measures will be put in place such as requiring all customers and vendors to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines, periodic disinfection of vendor booths, available hand washing and sanitizing stations, and a reserved time slot for elderly and at risk customers from 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

The AFM has launched a new website, andersonvillemarket.org, for people needing more information on the market. In addition, a giving campaign has been created for the AFM as they are currently facing a significant financial challenge due to higher costs and lost income during the pandemic.

 


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