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Farmers markets in Gwinnett get creative to thrive during COVID-19 pandemic

May 24, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The changes at farmers markets around Gwinnett are just one way life has been upended and forced to change because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Things are not business as usual at local farmers markets, and the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic is to blame. In Suwanee, the booths are spread far apart to encourage social distancing and reduce the chances that crowds of people will gather in a single spot. In Snellville, the market is being done with a contactless drive-thru format. Over in Lilburn, shoppers have to place their orders online a few days before picking it up. “The customers enjoy it because the guy who planted it is the guy who picked it and the guy who sold it so there was less people handling the items that they were purchasing, so it cuts out a lot of extra human touches to the items that are available at the market,” Suwanee Events and Outreach Manager Amy Doherty said of the benefit of a farmers market format in the age of COVID-19. The changes at farmers markets around Gwinnett are just one way life has been upended and forced to change because of the pandemic.

It’s locally harvested and locally produced so it kind of helps keep our economy going. ”A more spread out market in SuwaneeThe Suwanee Farmers Market has many of the things a person could get at a grocery store, from produce and honey to beef and pork. Doherty said the city already had a monthly winter farmers market scheduled for the week many businesses and offices began to shut down in March. “We did not cancel it because it gave people an option to get food, and the farmers market always has meat and farm fresh eggs, and honey and some fresh baked goods and then we have vendors that sell other things,” Doherty said.

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