The Warrenton Farmers Market keeps evolving and vendors and town staff continue to adapt. Saturday's market was moved to the parking lots on either side of 1st Street. Stalls were spread out and face masks were in place. Volunteers helped to direct traffic and town police were present as well to make sure all went smoothly.
Customers who were driving by to pick up an order had only to drive down 1st Street to be served from the comfort of their cars.
But most shoppers were very happy to be able to walk from booth to booth in the bright sunshine.
By a little after 11 a.m., Scott and Vincent Gookin at the Gateau Bakery table had run out of gluten-free options and Freed’s Biscuit Company had sold all their pre-wrapped biscuits.
Stacey Leadbetter and Haley Minter were selling Barrel Oak wines. Leadbetter said they brought three news wines to the market this week and were glad they did. “Those new wines we brought are selling well,” she said.
Farmers Market manager Elizabeth Melson was available to help shoppers redeem their SNAP benefits. She explained that a Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program grant allows SNAP benefits recipients to double their benefits (when they buy fresh fruits and vegetables) and a PATH grant provides Hot Bucks up to the amount of the Snap benefits.
Melson said that shoppers are able to triple their benefits through the special grants.