Howard County’s several farmers markets are planning to open this month as usual, but there will be changes in place to allow for safe operation during the coronavirus pandemic.
The five weekly markets across the county are scheduled to begin opening May 6 on a staggered schedule and will be open through November, according to a county news release.
Three of the markets — at the Howard County Library System Miller and East Columbia branches and at Clarksville Commons — will be drive-thru only. The Maple Lawn market will be open for drive-thru and booth pickup, while the Oakland Mills Village Center market will be pickup only. Buyers are encouraged to order online ahead of time when possible.
Vendor booths at all the markets will be required to be stationed 12 feet apart, and attendees are urged to wear a face mask or covering and to maintain 6-foot distance while waiting in line to retrieve orders, the release states.
Only vendors selling produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, food and drinks will be allowed to sell at the farmers markets for the time being.