Since March, my family has done nearly all of our shopping online, picking up groceries curbside or having them delivered to our home. In fact, I've been inside only one store since March — a drugstore to pick up a prescription.
So a trip to the market where we load up on fresh produce in the open-air, outdoor market has become a big excursion at my house. These days, there's no lingering like there once was. We've been regulars at the market for nearly 20 years. Instead, we're in and out in record time, strategically planning our purchases before we go.
During the pandemic, the market has remained open and made substantial changes to its operations to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
- No longer do you walk through the middle of the market. Instead, they've developed a one-way traffic pattern that weaves in and out from under the covered space. You can do a lot of your shopping along the edge of of the building.
- Hand sanitizing stations and signs that remind people to social distance are spread across the market.
- A few vendors have set up Plexiglass barriers between the cashier and the shopper.
If you go:
For best selection for retail shoppers, go 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. To avoid crowds, plan your trip on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. We usually go during the early afternoon on those days and have never run into a crowd.
Make sure you have cash before you go or plan to go to the ATM at the market. Some vendors accept credit cards, but many only accept cash.
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