The Salem Saturday Market will be opening for the season this Saturday.
Farmers markets are classified as “essential services,” which are allowed to remain open during the current “shelter in place” orders. I recognize that for local farmers and their customers, the market is absolutely essential, whereas for a coffee vendor like me it may not be.
After some deliberation, I am still planning to vend at the market this Saturday, after which I will assess how effectively I was able to manage public health concerns and my own profitability.
We are accustomed to visiting the market as a kind of “social outing.” Unfortunately, for now we must think of it as more like going to the grocery store. If by vending coffee at the market, I come to realize that I am creating a crowded atmosphere in which it is not practical to maintain six feet of social distancing then I plan to close my booth. That said, I am hoping that people will show up to support the local farmers who depend on the market to sell their produce and that we can maintain a safe atmosphere for people to purchase a variety of important goods in one stop as an alternative to the grocery store..
To that end, here's a list of new things for our booth: