Warmer weather means that more and more of Maine’s outdoor farmers’ markets are open for the season. In addition to year-round favorites like cheese, yogurt, eggs, meat, poultry, and baked goods, markets are already bursting with fresh produce like salad greens, spinach, asparagus, kale, and onions. It’s a great time to shop outside!
What to expect this summer
As of May 24, 2021, the State of Maine has eased its coronavirus precautions to align with the the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. (See the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People.) Mainers are looking forward to beautiful weather and fun outdoor activities, including farmers’ markets. After a warm spring, expect lots of your favorite produce and seedlings at the markets, and shoppers happy to be back outside. However, it is still important to take precautions, particularly during this transition period, while many people may not have completed the vaccination process.
- After a warm spring, expect lots of your favorite produce and seedlings.
- At this time, most farmers’ markets are still asking shoppers to wear masks. Expect to see signs at the market asking for mask use.
- Most farmers’ market vendors will be wearing masks. (See the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets guidance updated guidelines.)
- Markets will be set up to allow for physical distancing as much as possible.
- If you purchase prepared food at the market, plan to eat it at home or at designated seating areas at the market only.
- Some markets will be hosting music again!
- Find Maine farmers’ markets by day of the week or by location – there are more than 100 summer markets!
Prepare for your farmers’ market trip
Grab your tote bag and hit the farmers’ markets for your favorite fresh and prepared foods! Markets will still be offering hand sanitizer stations and encouraging social distancing. Shoppers are encouraged to wear masks for the safety and peace of mind of all. A few other things to keep in mind:
- Check the social media listing for your favorite market before heading out. There may be changes in location, vendors attending, etc. that will be useful to know.
- Anyone who isn’t feeling well should stay home.
- Keep an eye on signage and follow the guidance established by the market.
- Wash produce when you get it home.
- Plan to ask your farmers for selection and cooking tips!