The Tamworth Farmers’ Market begins its 14th season this Saturday, May 16th, from 9 to 1, but sadly we will not be at our usual home with our friends at UUFES. That parking lot is much too small for proper social distancing, so our temporary COVID-19 location is the more spacious grounds of the Brett School. The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food has been encouraging farmers’ markets to open by offering COVID-19 guidelines, and our own Board of Selectmen and Emergency Management Operations (directed by Chief Colcord) has been very thoughtful and helpful regarding public safety.
Important changes include no live music or tables and chairs. We cannot encourage gathering. Vendor tents will be spaced ten feet apart, and vendors will be wearing masks. We ask our customers to do the following:
– Wear a mask.
– Stay 6 feet apart throughout the market, and 6 feet from vendors until invited to
– No dogs are allowed during the COVID-19 markets.
– If you bring cash, bring plenty of small bills for exact change.
– Please send only one person per family to help limit our crowd.
– Please don’t place shopping bags on vendor tables.
– Any prepared food will only be offered to go, picked up on your way out.
We have zero access to the school so there are no public restrooms, but we will have two hand washing stations at the market.
Please know that we miss the good old days as much as anybody, the live music and lingering with friends and neighbors, that festive feeling of community amidst the bustling village of Tamworth. For now we will take these COVID-19 markets one week at a time, a work in progress for all of us. If it seems safe and reasonable to us and our town officials, we’ll keep going. If things take a turn for the worse, we’ll say goodbye for awhile and start sleeping late on Saturdays.
We can all be reached at [email protected]