The Neskowin Farmers Market will begin its 2020 season this Saturday, May 16, operating from a temporary location at Neskowin Valley School.

Oregon’s COVID-19 response has categorized farmers markets as essential services, allowing the market to operate according to guidance issued by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

“The Neskowin Farmers Market is a necessary source of food for many residents of Tillamook and Lincoln Counties, and we are committed to the health and well-being of our community,” said market manager Rachel Pettit. “We are following CDC and state guidelines to prioritize customer, vendor and community health, so things will look and feel a lot different than they have in past years. Please help us keep the market open and continue supporting local farmers by observing the changes to market operations while you shop.”

The market will operate from 9 am to 1 pm in the covered play area at Neskowin Valley School, located at 10005 Slab Creek Road, about four miles inland from its regular location at Neskowin Wayside.

The first hour of market, from 9 to 10 am, will be reserved for community members who are at a higher risk — elderly, immune-compromised, etc.

Booths will be spaced 10 feet apart and limited to grocery vendors only, with no craft vendors until further notice. Guests are also asked to leave dogs at home for the time being. There will be no samples, no seating and no hot coffee for purchase. Consumption of food in the market is not allowed.

“The market is functioning like a grocery store,” Pettit said. “Please wave ‘hello’ to your neighbors and move along.”

There will be no public bathroom facilities, but a hand-washing station will be available for customer use.

The market will return to its usual location at the Neskowin Beach Wayside as soon as possible after Oregon State Parks reopen.

For more information, go to www.neskowinfarmersmarket.com or find the Neskowin Farmers Market Facebook page.

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