The Red Stick Farmers Market opened bright and early for customers to get fresh produce, but operated a little different.
“With COVID-19, we do want to make sure that there’s not too many crowds,” says Copper Alvarez, Executive Director of Red Stick Farmers Market.
Now they have an experience they call “Shop and Go,” where customers come in, get what they need and go to reduce crowding.
Kathy Webb says she and her daughter drove from Hattiesburg, Mississippi and slept in their car for the experience.
“We just decided we were gonna come on an adventure road trip and we headed toward Baton Rouge,” says Kathy Webb.
Everything from fruits and vegetables to a variety of mushrooms were being sold but keeping safety in mind.
Farmers were asked to assist one customer at a time, customers had to remain six feet apart and wear a face mask.
“It’s been the same but we’re all wearing masks now you know, so it’s been good,” says vendor Maggie Long.
Although there were restrictions, many were just happy to enjoy something that felt somewhat normal.
“It’s nice, it really is. Everybody is keeping their distance and wearing their masks.We’ve been able to get our produce ahead of time. It’s good to be able to see people too,” says Sara Hahn who has been going to the market for years.
“To get out again and come to locally grown, home grown food. Even if we drove 4 hours to get here it’s a wonderful thing and I’m glad it’s happening,” says Webb.
The next farmers market will be Saturday, May 30th from 8 a.m. until noon in downtown Baton Rouge on Main Street.