If all goes as planned, the masks will be on and the music will be off when the Burlington County Farmers Market opens for the season Saturday, May 23.
The weekly market at the County Agricultural Center, 500 Centerton Rd., Moorestown, is scheduled to be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Due to covid-19 and the need for social distancing, the number of vendors and patrons will be limited.
Only vendors offering agricultural products, like plants, produce, cut flowers, dairy and meat; pre-packaged items like jams, honey and salsa; and packaged goods like soaps and herbal oils, will be on hand Saturday, according to a statement by the Burlington County Freeholders.
A maximum of 75 patrons will be permitted on the market grounds at one time, and all patrons will be encouraged to “shop and leave,” the statement said.
All vendors and patrons will be required to wear face masks. No pets will be permitted and restrooms will be closed.
Musical entertainment and cooking demonstrations, standard fare in normal, pre-covid seasons, will not be offered Saturday.
“At this time, our focus is on the core mission of the farmers market: to give local farmers the opportunity to sell their produce and provide our residents access to fresh, locally grown produce,” Freeholder Director Felicia Hopson said in the statement.