By Brandon Martin
The Uptown Martinsville Farmers’ Market opened for their 2020 season on April 18, with a few changes due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
In compliance with Executive Order 53 enacted by Gov. Ralph Northam, the market will be pre-sale only and on-site shopping will not be allowed.
In order to receive goods, customers must contact the vendor through telephone, email or social media after viewing produce online. Customers will then schedule an appointment with the vendor and wait in their respective cars until the vendor brings the items to the vehicle.
Pick-up will take place on scheduled market days. All customers will be asked to stay within their car, and market staff/vendors will greet them in the order they arrive.
The current times and dates are each Saturday from April 18-Nov. 14, between 8 a.m., and noon. The market is also open each Wednesday from July 17-Sept. 30, at the same time range.
The market is accepting Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards and is currently offering an EBT match program.
Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is a continuous supporter of the EBT/SNAP programs. The 2020 sponsors for the Farmers Market are New College Institute, SOVAH Health of Martinsville, Denture Express Of Martinsville, LLC, and Visit Martinsville!
To see the list of vendors, visit: http://martinsvilleuptown.com/farmers-market.cfm