Certified farmers' markets were permitted to operate under the DeWine administration's stay-at-home orders, but Fairfield put its market on hold as a precaution to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Many farmers' markets have adopted the drive-through format, including in West Chester Twp. and Loveland, and the Oxford market has in-person vendors but social distancing and other safeguards have been put in place.
Farmers' markets "serve a vital economic role," according to a Brookings Institution report last month. The report indicates the markets "support neighborhood revitalization, incubate small businesses … and offer a uniquely local supply chain that directly benefits local economies." Farmers who sell direct to consumers are likely to double the impact on the economy compared to non-direct sellers, according to a 2016 California-based study.
As the country is dealing with meat shortages due to the COVID-19 — USDA's April 27 report showed beef production down nearly 25 percent year-over-year and pork production down 15 percent — the local supply is healthy.
“Farmers markets are about being local, and local food chain is alive and well,” said Russo. “We have local farmers in the area who have chicken and pork and sausage and bacon.”
Vendors will have seasonal produce, such as potatoes, asparagus, onions, and various types of greens and lettuces.
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The market will have one new vendor this year, Refreshing Springs Kombucha, which has six flavors of probiotic tea.
The Fairfield Farmers Market will continue its drive-through every Wednesday throughout May and will re-evaluate the process at the end of the month. For vendor contacts, visit www.FairfieldOH.gov/Market.
Fairfield Farmers Market vendors
Here are the current vendors for the Fairfield Farmers Market. For contact info, visit www.fairfield-city.org/Market.
• 7 Wonders Farms
• Antiquity Teahouse
• Baking Diva’s Cupcakes (Order cutoff by 3 p.m. Sundays)
• Botanical Blends by Kim (Order cutoff noon Wednesdays)
• Chesapeake Popcorn
• Johnsons Family Farm
• MaiRo & Co.
• Mwimbula Fresh Bread Fresh Coffee (order cutoff 7 p.m. Mondays)
• Smashed Jams
• Refreshing Springs Kombucha (New to the market)
• Wolfs Honey Bee Farm
Source: city of Fairfield