On-line Market reopens for orders FRIDAY April 17

Friends of the Market,

Thank you for your patience while we paused the On-line Market to strengthen our safety protocols.  We will be opening the On-line Market for orders on FRIDAY April 17th followed by a Pickup on the following FRIDAY,April 24th. Pickup will continue to be held curbside, outside the IFM/Grayson LandCare office at 104 Courthouse street. We changed the Pickup date to Friday because we are uncertain when/if we will open in Town Park.  Current restrictions on operating an outdoor farmers market are too restrictive at this time to consider operating in that fashion. Please let us know if the change to Friday On-line Pickup DOES NOT work for you. Please contact Michelle at independencefarmersmarket@gmail.com, 276-768-0597 or 276-655-4045 with any questions or concerns.

We are taking every possible safety precaution. All staff will be taking their temperature before coming to work. Once at the office they will be wearing masks, washing hands, and sanitizing surfaces regularly.

Vendors have been provided with masks to use during order processing and delivery.  Gloves are in short supply so handwashing is required both at home and before they enter the office to deliver your products.  They also have a delivery schedule to help with social distancing and keeping numbers of folks in the office at the same time as low as possible. Only the vendor you ordered from will handle your product.

We ask that you pay by credit card when you place your order to further reduce contact.  More details are below if that is inconvenient for you.  Please stay in your car to allow staff to keep social distance as well.

In the event that you test positive, please let us know as soon as possible and we will also contact all customers should a vendor or staff member develop symptoms.

Here is how the Market will work:

-The Online Market will shift to Friday Pickup from 2-6pm. By appointment.  Abby will include a link to calendy-an Online calendar- which will let you pick your preferred pickup time. The Market will open for orders Friday at 8pm and close Wednesday at 8pm.

-You will order as usual, but now you will PAY On-line. You may want to strengthen your account password, although the ordering process will take you to a secure server. You may pay by credit card or you can estimate your monthly shopping and send a check payable to the Independence Farmers Market that will be deposited in your account and your credit will be reduced as you shop. A similar system will be set up for SNAP and senior coupon users, please contact Michelle for assistance. 276-655-4045 or 276-768-0597. New customers are welcome.

-All orders must be placed using the On-line Market, https://independencefarmersmarket.locallygrown.net/if you have difficulty creating an account or have limited internet or computer skills, please call Michelle at 276-655-4045 or 276-768-0597 to place orders for you during regular ordering period

-Please choose your preferred pick up time using the link that Abby sent with the Market email, we are scheduling 3 customers every 15 minutes. Please pick an alternate time if your first choice is already full. Your bin will be ready on a table at curbside. Please let staff move away from the table BEFORE you exit your car. Please remove your products and leave the box.  Be sure to bring a cooler for perishable items.

Thanks very much for your continued support and understanding!