Shop Local and Safely at Farmers Markets

Farmers market season is officially open for business but this year they’re operating differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many putting social distancing guidelines in place and some have transformed into drive-though markets.

One of the drive-through markets is the Austintown Farmers Market held in Austintown Township Park. “We want to have due diligence to make sure our vendors remain safe and our community remain safe,” says Market Manager Shannon Lehn. “We are minimizing contact right now but that is because we want to keep everyone as safe and healthy as we can.”

The Warren Farmers Market, organized by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, has moved from its original location on Courthouse Square to Perkins Park to allow for social distancing. Cassandra Clevenger, community resource coordinator, says housing and food are the two main missions of the TNP.

“The Warren Farmers Market is a piece of that food mission,” she says. “We take SNAP here at the market, we’ll be adding the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program moving on into the summer.”

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