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Andersonville Farmers Market Returns May 12 With In-Person And Online Options

Last year's farmers market relied on customers ordering online due to the pandemic — but now people can buy in person again.

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ANDERSONVILLE — The Andersonville Farmers Market will return for the season in May and scale back some of last year’s coronavirus restrictions.

The neighborhood farmers market kicks off May 12 and runs 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 20. Taking place on Catalpa Avenue between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue, this year’s market will mark the return of in-person sales.

Last year’s pandemic-friendly version of the farmers market required customers to place pre-orders online and pick up their goods at a select time. The market was still a hit, as it extended its usual summer run through the end of November.

This year, the market will allow online orders and walk-up sales, according to the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.

Other coronavirus protocols — including requiring people to wear masks and socially distance — will be enforced, according to the chamber. Use of credit cards, debit cards and payment apps like Venmo will be encouraged. Contactless pickup options will be available.

The first half-hour of every farmers market event will be reserved for customers 60 and older and other at-risk shoppers, according to the chamber.

The 12th year of the local farmers will include at least 26 vendors, including neighborhood favorites like First Slice Pie Cafe, Twiddley Bits and Lost Larson. There will be six new rotating vendors this year, including Andersonville Fine Foods, selling spiced and sweet nuts; NutMeg’s Nut Butters and WasteNot Compost.

The Andersonville Farmers Market began in 2008. Everything at the market is grown or produced within a 200-mile radius of the neighborhood. The market also runs a $25 match program for people who shop using their LINK food assistance cards.

For more information on the market’s vendors, COVID-19 protocols and how to pre-order, click here.

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