Farmer’s Markets: How To Buy Direct During the Pandemic

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Plant It Forward Farms
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Urban Harvest Saturday Farmers Market
8am-Noon, Year round
2752 Buffalo Speedway • Houston, Texas 77027

Offering Drive-Thru for online pre-orders

written by Chantal Lemieux

It’s now more important than ever to support big while shopping small,
farmer’s markets are no exception.

Visiting a farmer’s market with my family has always been one of my favorite weekend pastimes. There’s something wholesome about perusing the stalls of colors, breathing in the smells and seeing the smiling faces of the vendors.  Although the market is no longer an option for a family outing, now more than ever, a healthy diet and farm-fresh real food is of paramount importance to boost our immune system and for our general well-being, both physically and mentally. Access to fresh, healthy food and safe, outdoor greenspace has never been more important. Even in these uncertain times, Houstonians are once again showing their resilience in supporting the local economy and continuing to cultivate a sense of community and solidarity. 

Local farms, such as Finca Tres Robles, Plant It Forward, and Urban Harvest, until further notice, have all been designated an essential business and have adjusted their internal and external protocols in accordance with the tighter safety measures designed for reducing human contact and facilitating public health.

With a uniformed commitment of being a resource to the community, of keeping farmers employed and Houstonians healthy, new options have been implemented to increase accessibility to fresh essentials while maximizing social distancing and minimizing our risk of contracting or spreading the Coronavirus.

Here are some of the initiatives that have been implemented:

  1. Newly-launched online portals. In an effort to further encourage contactless commerce, the farm has also introduced prepackaging of their produce, meats, and eggs.
  2. Home deliveries.  This effort enables customers to remain under stay-at-home orders without worrying about access to fresh produce. 
  3. Drive-through. Customers remain in their car and a staff member brings out your order in farm approved compostable bags or in Double Up Houston produce boxes
  4. Cashless payments are preferred.
  5. Hot food will only be served as to-go orders. Customers are requested to shop and go; lingering is prohibited.
  6. Customers cannot handle food. All vendors are required to wear gloves that are often changed; no self-service of any kind.
  7. Hand-washing stations have been set-up. 
  8. All customers are required to practice social distancing (6ft. of space recommended) when shopping or standing in line.

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