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SLO County farmers’ markets remaining open with new safety measures in place

Arroyo Grande Farmers' Market
Shopper purchases fruit at Arroyo Grande farmers' market in this undated photo. (Dave Alley/KEYT)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- The San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association (SLOFMA) is reaching out to residents to remind them markets are remaining open with several new safety measures in place.

There are four open-air markets that are currently operating in the county, two in Arroyo Grande, plus one each in Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo.

The legendary Thursday night San Luis Obispo Farmer's Market remains closed at this time.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the markets are now being held with new protocol in place.

According to a SLOFMA release, new safety measures include:

  • Shopping at a safe distance — A six-foot rule between all customers is being enforced by market managers
  • No sampling of produce or goods
  • No touching or picking up produce
  • Automatic sanitizer stations are available
  • No lingering — Visitors should make their purchases and return home

“We thank community members who have continued to support our local farmers,” said SLOFMA Market Director, Peter Jankay. “SLOFMA’s top priority is to ensure shoppers and vendors feel safe and comfortable while shopping. We continue to serve our community and provide reliable access to nutritious locally-grown foods and goods.”

SLOFMA is also holding a recipe contest.

Participants are being asked to submit a recipe using ingredients purchased at farmer's markets.

The deadline to submit a recipe is June 5.

The winning entry will be featured on SLOFMA social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram and Pintrest.

The winner will also receive a market gift certificate.

The first Arroyo Grande market is held at the Smart + Final parking lot on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

On Saturday, the second Arroyo Grande market is held in Olohan Alley in the Village on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Morro Bay market is held Thursdays at the Spencer’s Fresh Markets parking lot from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The San Luis Obispo market is held Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the World Market/Embassy Suites parking lot.

For more information about the San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association, visit slocountyfarmers.org

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Dave Alley

Dave Alley is a reporter and anchor at KCOY|KEYT|KKFX.