From curbside pickup of Farmers Market Bundles to live musical performances streaming on Facebook, see how one local Farmers Market is innovating new ways to stay connected.
With warm weather just around the corner, farmers markets are gearing up for their busy season. One of those markets is the Covington Farmers Market. And thanks to several new safety protocols, plans are in place to keep it a busy season for these local farmers and shoppers.
The year-round, producer-only market offers a place for farmers and artisans to sell their locally grown and produced foods directly to consumers.
“You can shop for Kentucky Proud fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, plants, and a selection of other food and household staples, while getting to know your farmers on a first-name basis,” says Covington Farmers Market Manager Alexa Abner.
The Covington Farmers Market is currently located outdoors at 3rd and Court streets across the bridge in Covington. “We operate as an open-air farmers market May through October, then move indoors as a guest inside a local business partner’s space from November through April,” says Abner.
The Covington Farmers Market was established as part of a program of Renaissance Covington, a nonprofit organization that socially and economically activates downtown Covington.
Abner, as the manager of the Covington Farmers Market, has experience as a small, independent farmer, and is always looking to find creative ways to build strength in the local food network.
Amidst COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the Covington Farmers Market is considered an essential service in its designation as a grocery store and is exempt from closing orders. This means the market continues to remain open every Saturday from 9am-1pm. However, Abner emphasizes that new protocols have been put in place to ensure customers have a safe and healthy shopping experience. They recently shared a virtual tour of these new protocols on their social channels to help shoppers prepare.
And to keep customers engaged and local musicians supported, the Covington Farmers Market does a Facebook Livestream from a local musician every Saturday from 11am-1pm, thanks to Nederlander Entertainment. Abner says that you can find a schedule of musicians on the Covington Farmers Market website.
The Covington Farmers Market is also offering a Farmers Market Bundle. “The Farmers Market Bundle is a way to order ahead for pick-up, instead of shopping for yourself at the farmers market,” says Abner. “We offer a half and full bundle – the contents are always a surprise, as we fill them with whatever is fresh from our farmers’ fields and available from our artisans each week.”
The bundles from the Covington Farmers Market are picked up from the Renaissance Covington office during the timeframe provided to you when you place your order. Once arriving, you call the office and they bring out the bundle curbside.
Like many other businesses across the region and country, the Covington Farmers Market is taking things one day at a time when it comes to fully re-opening and finding a sense of normalcy. “We are looking forward to the day when we can host special programs again,” says Abner. “When allowed, we will resume special programming like cooking demos, kids activities, and best recipe competitions. Stay tuned!”
To learn more about the Covington Farmers Market, visit https://www.rcov.org/