Updated July 14, 2020, 3pm
Dear Valued Texas Farmers’ Market Shoppers,
As it currently stands, Texas Farmers’ Market at Lakeline on Saturdays 9am-1pm and Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller on Sundays 10am-2pm will continue to be open, with major adjustments to our operations in our efforts to keep our food safe and available to the communities we serve.
Starting this week we will once again be limiting capacity at the Mueller market as we adapt to our new temporary location and work to maintain safe social distancing standards. Market staff will be monitoring entries, and we will still require hand sanitization and mask check at the entrance. Please expect a wait time before entering the market. To avoid long lines and streamline your market visit, we encourage prepaying and pre-ordering your market items from vendors who take advanced orders. View a list of TFM at Lakeline vendors taking pre-orders here. View a list of TFM at Mueller vendors taking pre-orders here. This way you can come by the market during the last hour or so when it is less crowded and be sure to get what you need, and be in and out quickly.
Due to its larger, wide-spread layout we will not be limiting capacity at the Lakeline market at this time. We will still require hand sanitization and mask check at the entrance, so you may have to wait a few minutes. Dogs are still allowed at both markets, but we ask that you minimize your time at the market as much as possible, be cognizant of your proximity to other shoppers, and abide by social distancing protocol of 6 feet throughout market.
We ask for your patience as we safely work to navigate the re-opening of Central Texas. We will continue to require everyone who enters the market grounds to be wearing face coverings for the duration of your time at the market and follow our other COVID-19 safety measures until further notice. Thank you for doing your part to protect yourself and your community, while supporting the local farmers, ranchers and small businesses who are on the frontlines working hard to feed Central Texans.
Due to the need for increased social distancing and strict safety measures, moving forward we have canceled all special events, compost drop off, and music, and have banned the consumption of food on-site. Our market layouts are going to look different and we will now be posting vendor layouts on Fridays here, as well as our regular Fresh at the Market post, in order to help shoppers plan their trip to the market accordingly.
Please read below to understand our shopper guidelines and the steps our vendors are taking to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in our local community. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to our Executive Director, Nena Johnson, at [email protected]
The Team at Texas Farmers’ Market
We encourage everyone who is healthy and feels safe to visit our farmers’ markets in order to procure healthy, local food from area farmers, ranchers and small businesses. But we ask that you follow these strict guidelines:
We are putting these measures in place with the guidance of the CDC. TFM and our vendors must follow these guidelines, and the additional guidelines below, to ensure a safe market for all stakeholders, and so that we can remain a viable market outlet for all our valued vendors as we move through and navigate this pandemic:
The following rules are requirements for all vendors:
Right now is a very difficult time for our community. Our farmers’ market team is working incredibly hard to feed Central Texans safely and support the farmers, ranchers and small businesses that sell at our markets. But we need your help to stay afloat!
We are a 501c(4) nonprofit and not like a traditional grocery store where when sales go up, so do profits. Our vendors pay a flat weekly booth fee and we do not profit off of the sales that our vendors make. As the number of vendors attending our markets goes down, so does our operating revenue. But the COVID-19 crisis means that our staffing and supplies needs are going up while our funding is going down. Please consider donating to help us cover the cost of sanitation supplies, signage and increased staff time. We want to continue to feed our community with fresh, sustainable food but we can’t continue to do it without you!
UPDATE JULY 6 2020: TFM at Mueller has moved for the summer! Due to construction at our regular location by the Browning Hangar, for the next couple of months, the farmers’ market will shift spots along the lake and will now be found on the grassy lawn of the amphitheater and along the sidewalk on Aldrich St between the roundabout and Simond Ave. Same fabulous market, just a new location for the summer. Help us spread the word & join us lakeside at the market!