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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Grocery store shelves might look bare right now, but there is an ample supply of meat, eggs and fresh produce at your local farmers market. Even though it is early in the produce season and many markets have not yet opened, several year-round markets are keeping their doors open to ensure the public has access to fresh, healthy food.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry believes in the importance of supporting local agricultural businesses as well as providing the public with safe, healthy food every day but especially in this time of uncertainty. Knowing that mitigating the inherent risks that come with the COVID-19 pandemic is of the highest priority, ODAFF has put together a list of recommendations for vendors, market managers and shoppers.

Farmers Markets open this Saturday:

• Arcadian Farmers Market

• OKC Farmers Public Market

• Lawton Farmers Market

• Stillwater Farmers Market

Check individual market social pages for times and locations

ODAFF recommendations for responsible shopping at Farmers Markets:

• Wash hands for 20 seconds upon arrival and frequently during visit

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

• Maintain 6 feet between other shoppers and vendors when possible

• Avoid hand-to-hand contact; allow vendors to bag items and set them on the table before picking up; place payment on table for vendors to pick up

• Anyone who is feeling unwell should stay home ODAFF recommendations for Farmers Markets to ensure safety of visitors and other vendors:

• Do not allow communal seating areas or recreational activities

• Provide hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) at every booth or periodically throughout the market

• Make sure all booths are 3-6 feet apart

• Vendors must wash hands for 20 seconds at least once per hour

• Instead of tablecloths, vendors should use surfaces that can be easily sanitized

• Vendors should bag items for customers, then put the bag down, and let customers pick up bag

• Ask customers to place payment on table instead of directly handing to vendor

• Any vendor who is at risk, including individuals over 65 and/or the immune compromised should stay home

• Anyone who is feeling unwell should stay home

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