Yorktown Market Days (Yorktown Farmers Market) Moves to a Temporary Drive-Thru Model to Connect Farmers and Customers
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The 2020 Yorktown Farmers Market Season continues as a drive thru from 8 to 11 a.m. at the McReynolds Athletic Complex located at 412 Sports Way in Yorktown thru June 6th. Starting the following weekend it reopens at the Yorktown Riverfront (June 13th)
Every Saturday until June 6 (8 to 11 a.m.)
McReynold’s Athletic Complex
June 13 – October 31 (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
Farmers markets are essential to their communities – especially during times of uncertainty. That is why York County—based on recommendations from the Governor’s Office, Virginia Farmers Market Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Virginia Department of Health—will soon offer a drive-thru model of Yorktown Market Days.
The market will support a cashless model with payments made in advance directly to vendors through their websites, social media channels, and services/apps such as Venmo and Paypal. Under no circumstances, are customers permitted to get out of their cars. All orders will be prepackaged and ready for delivery through the driver-side window or can be loaded into the back seat/trunk upon request.
Customers can expect to see market vendors and staff taking proper safety precautions including:
· Social distancing – vendor booths will be set up close to 20 feet apart
· Vendors are encouraged to wear gloves and masks
· Surfaces such as EBT redemption devices; Square and other credit card swipers; and cell phones will be sanitized between purchases. All vendors are required to turn off signature requirements.
· A strict policy will be maintained that requires customers stay in their cars at all times
· A zero-tolerance policy for any symptomatic vendors and market staff members
The York County Tourism Development Office will provide a list of participating vendors every Monday on both the Visit Yorktown and Yorktown Market Days Facebook pages as well as the “This Week at the Market” page found at www.yorktownmarketdays.com.
Yorktown Market Days is a proud participant in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as well as Virginia’s Fresh Match Program which gives qualifying customers one dollar for every dollar they spend on fruits and vegetables.
Traditionally the cap has been placed at $100 but that has been temporarily waived so families can put as much of their money as they’d like toward produce under the Fresh Match, using their EBT/Food Stamp/SNAP card.
Customers are asked to follow the same guidelines of scheduling preorders with participating vendors and clearly indicating to the vendor they plan to pay on site using SNAP so staff can coordinate appropriately the day of the market.