Haverhill Farmers Market opens -- with COVID restrictions

TIM JEAN/Staff photoJim Parker, center, owner of Willow Spring Vineyard in Haverhill, explains to customers how they make wine.

The city’s popular Farmers Market is open under an entirely different set of circumstances than in past years.

State-mandated COVID-19 guidelines is forcing the market, located in front of the Merrimack Street parking deck on Saturdays, to use new methods of selling items and dealing with customers.

There is no lingering, the number of shoppers at any given time is limited, and it is mostly hands-off with no touching of products from any vendor until it's time to bag goods bought by customers.

Customers are asked to point to what they want, and workers bag the items and ring up the sale.

Vendor booths are spaced six feet apart and everyone at the market is required to wear a mask. Hand sanitizer stations are available to everyone.

No pets are allowed and families are asked to bring children only when necessary.

Vendors sell everything from vegetables grown on local farms to soaps, dog treat and wines — all produced locally.

Organizers trimmed the number of vendors allowed at the market initially due to space constraints, but they expect to welcome more vendors as the season progresses through the summer.

The market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For a full list of vendors, visit teamhaverhill.org.

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