The Old Capitol Farmers Market has succeeded in putting on another fantastic season, satisfying customers and vendors alike, while also providing a safe place to access local foods and goods.
Though most social aspects of the market, such as musicians, cooking demonstrations, public workouts and eating have been absent this year, the open-air market has provided an abundance of fresh local produce, breads and desserts, packaged food creations, meat and eggs, coffee and teas and a variety of arts and crafts.
Face masks are required for anyone entering the market. Social distancing is encouraged, and customers are asked not to touch produce, but merely point to what they would like vendors to bag up for them. Two sanitation stations are available.
Cash is still accepted, along with credit and debit cards, but tokens are no longer provided. SNAP/EBT customers can use the new Healthy Ways scannable card in place of tokens and are able to utilize a grant which matches up to $25 per day for use in buying fresh produce only.
Customers are asked to limit their numbers to one per household and not to bring children unless absolutely necessary. Pets are not allowed. High risk shoppers are encouraged to have another shop in their place, if possible, or to shop early.
Another option is a new online ordering and curbside pickup system that is now available to anyone at: https://www.localline.ca/old-capitol-farmers-market. Online ordering begins Tuesday morning, and orders must be placed by Thursday at 5 p.m. Pick up is available curbside between 10 and 10:30 Saturday mornings on Fifth Street between Washington and Adams (watch for signs).
The final Market of the season will take place this Saturday from 8 until 12:30, but there will be no Halloween at the Market this year. Street parking is still free at meters through the end of the year.
The Holiday Market is planned for Nov. 14 and 21 and Dec. 19 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., both inside and outside of Anvil and Forge, 619 E. Washington. The same COVID safety measures will be in effect, including face masks for all and social distancing. Capacity inside will be limited. Curbside pickup will be offered the week of market.