Farmers’ Markets planned

The Vandalia Tourism Commission is making plans for its inaugural season of its Farmers’ Market.

The farmers’ markets are planned for July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10, to be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the 100 block of South Fourth Street, in front of Charters Patio.
Vendors are being sought for the markets, which are being planned by the committee of city Director of Economic Development Amber Daulbaugh, city Tourism Director Jessica Hampton, Jodi Smith of the Fayette County Health Department and volunteers Lacie Donaldson and Dana (Miller) Benigno.
Daulbaugh said that at this point, two vendors have committed to participating in the markets. Jessica Winslow of Southerndown Farms plans to offer fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and plant pots, and Greg Evans of Walt’s Honey plans to offer honey.
The committee’s goal is to have six vendors, and those interested in being a vendor can contact Daulbaugh at city hall.
The Vandalia City Council last Monday approved vendor, customer and volunteer guidelines for the four farmers’ markets planned for this year.
The vendor guidelines include:
• Following state and local food safety procedures.
• Products must be transported in containers that can be sanitized.
• Two workers per booth, with one assembling orders and the other conducting transactions.
• Offer credit/debit transactions or cash transactions without coin change (price dollar amounts).
• Customers must not touch any produce or products until after they are purchased.
Customer guidelines include:
• Wearing a mask and following CDC-recommended hygiene practices.
• Maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet between other customers, vendors and market staff.
• It is a family event, with attendance limited to two members of a household.
That requirement originally had a limitation of one person per household, but it was changed to two at the recommendation of Alderman Russ Stunkel.
• Using credit/debit cards when the vendor has a point-of-sale system. With cash transactions, do not expect coin change.
• Do not touch products at vendor stands.
Volunteer guidelines include:
• Completing a COVID-19 questionnaire before each market.
• Wearing a mask and following CDC-recommended hygiene practices.
• Wearing a market T-shirt provided.
• Volunteering for a shift of either 7-10 a.m. or 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Choosing an assigned role, such as setting or tearing down, welcoming shoppers and distributing customer guidelines, picking up trash/replenishing hand sanitizer or monitoring social distancing and use of face coverings.


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