When life gives you lemons, sometimes you have to make a different kind of lemonade.
With social distancing regulations in effect until early June, Virginia towns have to come up with new ways of doing things. The vendors of the Warrenton Farmers' Market quickly adapted an innovative drive-through layout, and local residents love the idea. In fact, 350 cars were counted at the grand opening of the season last weekend!
This Saturday market is now spread out through several blocks of town, starting at Main Street and South 2nd Street. You can use the Black Bear Bistro as a landmark for your GPS.
Visitors drive by slowly, stopping to pick up pre-ordered items from each vendor. There's a passing lane if you don't feel like waiting, and the setup seems to be working well. Vendors are all wearing masks, and products are pre-packaged for easy distribution.
The Saturday market runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for now. Wednesday markets will start up on May 6 and run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. as well. You can find contact information for the market vendors here, as well as a map of the current market setup. Pre-ordering is highly encouraged, to keep the flow of cars moving.
Interested in some artisanal bread and butter pickles? Bad Ass Pickles has you covered! Craving something sweet? Check out the amazing pies, breads, and other baked goods from Sue's Pies. Everything you would normally find at a bustling farmers' market is available; you just have to do a little browsing from home before you go!
*The photos in this article are courtesy of the Warrenton Farmers' Market.
For more information and the latest updates, check out the official Facebook page for the market.
Have you been to the new Warrenton Farmers' Market yet? What did you think of the drive-through process? Sound off in the comments!