Amid uncertainty of the novel coronavirus, small comforts help to ease concerns. For cooped up South Pasadenans the local farmer’s market provides an opportunity get out of the house for a short period of time and experience some sense normalcy at a time when nothing seems normal.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has designated outdoor certified farmers’ markets as essential services for providing fresh food to the public. The market, operated by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, is required to follow the same federal and state orders given to grocery stores and safety measures will be implemented to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Those planning to attend the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market when it opens today from 4 to 7 p.m., a week after it was closed during in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, will find new guidelines will be in place.
According to SouthPasadenaFarmersMarket.org:
- No hot foods or cooking on site will be allowed.
- If you feel at all sick, please stay home.
- Do not touch any produce unless you will purchase it (ask the farmers for assistance).
- Be sure to wash produce before you consume it.
- Respectfully, we ask that you make your purchases and leave (no loitering, please!)
The South Pasadena Farmers’ Market is complying with published conditions from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to operate, in which social distancing must be followed.
The city’s farmers market, open weekly on Thursday, is at Mission Street and Meridian Avenue, adjacent the Gold Line light rail station. Free parking is available in the nearby South Pasadena Unified School District parking lot.